I read a small news snippet the other day about an intriguing idea someone had for bringing tombstones into the 21st century (something which needed to be done a long time ago, in my opinion). I don’t know exactly what crazy pub conversation lead to this being an idea, but the basic equation behind it is ‘gravestone + iPad = iTomb’.
If you’re anything at all like me, the first thing that jumped into your mind when you read that involved various people playing Angry Birds (or more aptly, Plants vs Zombies) on the gravestones of completely random people’s relatives. I guess that would technically class as ‘defacing’, ‘vandalizing’ or otherwise disrespecting the deceased, right? Of course, the idea will seem a whole lot less ridiculous when I tell you what normal, rational people first thought of when they read about it.
Quite simply, the iPads on the gravestone will store and display relevant pictures, songs and videos about or relating to the deceased in one way or another. Furthermore, they will be powered with the aid of solar panels, and to protect from vandals and potential thieves, they will be fully integrated into the gravestone and reinforced with super strong glass, so it’s safe to say every question one might have about this idea has been considered.
Personally, I think it’s an amazing idea. What better way to preserve the memory of a loved one than to keep valuable reminders of them at their final resting place forever? It will allow the bereaved to come back whenever they want and relive old memories with the deceased, and even means that relatives further down the line, such as great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, then their grandchildren, so on and so forth can see first hand what sort of person the relative they would never meet was like. It’d be like a time capsule, mounted in plain sight for all to see.
To me, this sounds like one of those simple little ideas which seems small and basic, but will one day form the basis of what the future will eventually look like. I imagine one day, I’ll take a casual stroll through a church graveyard and be greeted by a myriad of visions, sounds and general insights into history from the eyes of those who made it. And on a grander scale, the magnificent memorials of the greatest, most influential and profound people of today inundated with an intimate and humbling reminder of the person they were when they were alive, readily available for all to see whenever they wish.
This is one of those visions that the more I ponder, the more I genuinely hope I will one day see.