Cemetery tributes for loved ones celebrate their life
IS this the Sunshine Coast's strangest business?
Buderim resident Brian Miller is making ceramic memorial plaques with a smartphone-scannable QR code that links to a person's life story.
You can keep a collection of your loved one's favourite songs, family tree, books, movies, a tribute to their life and achievements and any other information on a customised webpage at history-to-share.com.
Anyone who passes by the plaque - which would likely be mounted on a headstone - can bring up your loved one's story.
Brian wants this quirky invention, which was originally his son's idea, to create a living museum in our cemeteries.
The retired helicopter pilot's travels took him to many of the world's great cities and his love of walking saw him explore many of their cemeteries.
The cemeteries of the world should be places where individuals' contribution to history and culture is celebrated, he says, but all that's usually recorded about each person is a name and date of birth and death.
The dash between these dates - a person's birth and death - is where his eye always fell, he said.
"I've walked in graveyards overseas and there's always been that mystery," he said.
"That dash - that's their life. But what did they do?
"People have put in their years on earth here and they've done something. It shouldn't be forgotten."
He's always worried, he said, that when people die they don't leave enough of their knowledge and legacy behind in a way future generations can appreciate.
When his mother died he created a History To Share plaque for her.
Scan the QR code at her grave and you can hear her favourite song, read about her life's work and look over her family tree.
"It's not just for us, it's for her grandkids and great-grandkids," he said.
"I'm always worried about how that knowledge is disappearing - how did they make lasagne? What did their voices sound like?"
The small ceramic outdoor memorial plaques are digitally printed, with durable toner and firing processes that Brian's company guarantees will not fade or discolour.
They can be mounted on a headstone, mausoleum, wall, statue or other flat surfaces and will set you back between $US 250 ($330) and $US450 ($592).
This includes the linked website, which the customer creates and can add limitless information to.
Pet memorial plaques are also on offer.
Brian is touring interested Returned and Services League clubs and other interested community groups, and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the website click here.