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Old 08-18-2005, 06:49 AM   #1
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High Tech Tombstones

bizarre - "ultimate funeral experience"? "Walt Disney"? I didn't know funerals are entertainment

http://www.local6.com/news/4863830/detail.html

A new company plans to unveil new high-tech tombstones with embedded flat screen monitors that would allow visitors to play memorial videos of the deceased, according to a report

Joe Joachim, who says he wants to be the Walt Disney of the funeral business, plans to unveil the Vidstone this year at the annual funeral directors convention.

What we're trying to do is create the ultimate funeral experience," Joachim said. "Funeral directors are realizing it's an important service we can offer, and and we're happy to offer it."

The solar-powered Vidstone will play a video of the person's life at the touch of a button.

It will not have speakers but a jack to plug in headphones at cemeteries.

Some cemeteries are open to the Vidstone but others said it could offend people.

"It could be offensive to some. I don't think it's appropriate or it's been tried enough on the grounds." Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association spokesman Michael Chilcote said.

The report said one of the most popular ways for people to commemorate loved ones is through short films.

The funeral directors convention is held in October in Chicago.
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somehow I find it funny that funeral directors have conventions.
I wonder what they talk about
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I wonder what they talk about
dead people *said in a creepy kid's whisper*
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I think I just want to be buried like Nathan on SFU or cremated...haven't made up my mind. I just want the least production possible. I can't imagine being buried with a flat screen 6 feet above me when other families(alive) don't even have working TVs.
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frankly, this plan sounds like a waste of a nice television.

besides, aren't tombstones a common target of vandalism? tombstones with plasma or lcd displays will be goldmines for some.

to each their own however.
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What happens when a porn star dies and gets one of these?
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I think it's a sad commentary, there's nothing wrong w/ commemorating a loved one in a video, but it is creepy to me to think of TV screens and headphones in cemeteries. Nothing seems sacred anymore. When I have to go to a cemetery I prefer low tech peacefulness, thinking about that person, praying..whatever

I read an article recently about "funeral rage" -people who curse, give the finger, cut in, etc. during a funeral procession. Some people have even stopped having processions just because of this problem. How dare someone die and inconvenience them. That's just unbelievable.
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Gah.........TV screens in a cemetary? I don't much care for the idea myself........not me.
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what MrsSpringsteen said.
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I think it's a sad commentary, there's nothing wrong w/ commemorating a loved one in a video, but it is creepy to me to think of TV screens and headphones in cemeteries. Nothing seems sacred anymore.
Yeah you're right,

I'd like to see people stuffed and mounted, maybe with animatronics.
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If that's what the people who died want, then so be it. Cemetaries have changed, and, frankly, I think those flat tombstones are an insult compared to what kind of care and attention we used to give graves.

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i'd want a movie with matthew perry played on mine
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When I have to go to a cemetery I prefer low tech peacefulness, thinking about that person, praying..whatever
i suppose they could have these types of graves in a separate area, so as not to offend anyone.

personally, i don't think i'm going to care one way or the other what's on my tombstone.

i'm sure that when i die, i'll have much bigger issues to deal with.
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I can't imagine wanting to perpetuate my existence through such means.

Have a celebration at the memorial.

And dump my body at the curb (or push it into the ocean, whatever is cheaper).
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I can't imagine wanting to perpetuate my existence through such means.

Have a celebration at the memorial.

And dump my body at the curb (or push it into the ocean, whatever is cheaper).
I agree. I wish to be cremated, but the ashes can be thrown out with the morning garbage for all I care.
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