By Deane Barker on September 11, 2005

‘Vidstone’ offers chance to revisit dearly departed: A video screen in your tombstone. Did anyone ask for this?

The device plays a 5-to-7-minute video featuring special moments from someone’s life that would be compiled by anyone from friends and relatives of the deceased to funeral homes. Vidstone doesn’t do video production.

The Serenity Panel’s screen is covered by a solar panel, which can be flipped open by visitors. Once opened, the video starts.

Actually, this might be kind of nice for people who can’t go to the funeral. I don’t know — is it tacky?

Here’s their corporate site with an example video.



  1. …is it tacky?

    Yes. Most definitely. I can’t imagine the technology used to make this work will have the longevity of the granite it’s mounted to.

  2. This is somewhat reminiscent of that “Final Cut” movie with Robin Williams where people had chips placed in their heads that recorded everything they ever saw or heard and at the end of their life, a “cutter” would splice images together for a ‘rememory’ that would be shown at the funeral ceremony. Personally, it kinda creeps me out.

  3. About two years ago after my mom passed away, I thought of this product. But of course like most of us, we don’t act on our ideas. At least not quickly enough to beat the other guy. I think it’s a wonderful product. My guess would be that the people who think it’s tacky are mostly young and have not yet lost someone intimately close to them. My husband and I both have lost our parents and his sister at somewhat young ages and we visit the cemetaries about once a month. We go to reflect on those we love and even though it is a place where only their human physical remains now lay, it’s a place that says to the rest of the world that they existed. With the Vidstone it’s also a place to remember them in an animated state or to show others who may be curious a small piece of who that person was. It’s got my vote.

  4. I think it is an outstanding product and concept, something I also thought of a few years back, but the technology was too infantile to allow it to be produced. I often wonder about mostly younger people who have passed away when I visit the grave sites of my family. It would be heart tugging to view the short snippets of others lives and see the similiar traits of yourself and family. It would make the time spent at a final (physical) resting place a unique learning experience, perhaps walking away with a smile instead of a tear. . .

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