In recent years the rise of weblogs and online photo albums has been changing the way we share our lives, points out the Financieele Dagblad on Thursday – and increasingly, our deaths too.
Now the traditional funeral industry is taking its own step towards multimedia representation with the unveiling of the first digital headstone at a cemetery in Rhenen.
The headstone incorporates a screen on which film clips and photos of the dearly departed can be shown as a ‘living memory’, says Johan Rijksen, director of Rijtink stonemasonry which is producing the headstones.
The product was thought up by Henk Rozema, who put together a DVD of his life last year to show at his 65th birthday party. When friends and family asked for a copy ‘for later’, the idea came to him.
The images can only be accessed by family and friends equipped with a special battery or a remote control.
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