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Sunday, June 12, 2005

New Ways to Enliven Your Gravesite

From the The Beaver County (Pa.) Times/Allegheny Times:

Memorable trends
April Johnston, Times Staff
06/12/2005

The death industry hasn't changed much over the years. Most people get laid out and buried. It's solemn, it's simple, it's predictable.

Until now.

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[W]ith the growing popularity of genealogy, [monument dealers] Steckman and Dioguardi are recommending their clients not only carve the years of their birth and death into their gravestone, but the day and month, too.

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Enter Robert Barrows.

Barrows is a sculptor, television commercial producer, songwriter and author from San Mateo, Calif., who could soon add patent-holder to his resume.

He is in the process of patenting the "Video-Enhanced Grave Marker," a hollowed-out headstone that holds a computer chip and flat-screen TV, so people can record video messages before they die for loved ones and even strangers to watch - using remote controls and headsets - after they've passed. He estimates his invention would add $4,000 to the cost of a headstone.

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[Read the whole story]
Putting days and months on gravestones? Now, that's nuts.

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