Monday, January 30, 2012

Find a grave via SMS

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"Al tichapess, SMS!" - Don't go searching, just SMS!
It even rhymes.
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That's what the new sign at Tel Aviv's historic Trumpeldor Cemetery invites you to do.
For only one shekel you can text them the deceased's full name and name of the father, and you will receive the plot number of the grave.
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The gate is open every day except Saturday, according to the hours posted.
Welcome!
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This little post is for Monday Doorways, Signs, signs, and the new Taphophile Tragics.
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25 comments:

Julie said...

Wow ... talk about modern technology! I wonder what the response time is? And what the take-up of this service is. Here in Australia I suspect we are eons away from this. We applaud ourselves if we have an online research facility for a cemetery. Last week Joan suggested an app to find a specific site within Rookwood, and my son said that it would not be hard to create, if the original data was available.

How embarrassing, but I did not consciously realise that the monetary unit of Israel was the shekel. After all these years. It does appeal to me though.

I like what you have prepared for us today, Dina. Yet another diverse way of remembering those gone before.

Robin said...

How utterly bizarre. It seems a bit tacky in a way, though I'm sure it's very expedient.

NixBlog said...

Great idea, Dina! I'm all for modern technology.
I have seen QR codes used in many places to provide information.

Hels said...

This technology might sound like a little thing. But my parents in-law are buried in Israel in the hugest cemetery I have ever seen. We visit the cemetery every second year, but even so, finding the graves takes forever.

At least when we find the right place, it is a peaceful site with a wonderful view :)

TOLGA said...

it's a big technology...same in istanbul. have a nice week.

tolga

Cloudia said...

clever!


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Robert Geiss said...

How impressive !

hamilton said...

For some reason, I find it odd that you have to pay for this service.

Theanne said...

That's certainly putting technology to good use! And for a shekel!

Ann said...

How terribly modern, but practical.

crystal said...

Oh, this reminds my of the online find a grave site. I've never actually been to a cemetery before but I can imagine it might be hard to find a certain grave given how huge some cemeteries are.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

It's amazing to think of how much research had to go into this system to make it so efficient. Perfect for the generations who have been separated from their family history.

Kay said...

It's a modern world we live in, even in Jerusalem. :-)

Joan Elizabeth said...

I like it! I'm the one that suggested an app for our cemeteries :-)

biebkriebels said...

Technology is everywhere even on a cemetery.

Spiderdama said...

Hm, special. Not only the sms, but I have never heard of a burial with opening hours.

Rob Siemann said...

We're living modern times.

cieldequimper said...

I could use that for one of the cemetaries in Versailles. There are several famous people's graves that I haven't found yet...

Irina said...

So clever. Here they say approximately, pointing to the plot of about 200 graves (I witnessed the situation recently).
I am not much of the reader/commentator these days. Sorry about that.

Sara said...

Interesting...I know it would be a big help. My sisters and I once wandered around a section of a huge cemetery looking for the grave; finally one of the groundskeepers asked us if he could help (I guess we looked lost!); he called the office for us and got the exact location from them. There was no grave marker...very sad...just a number noting the location of the grave.

Anonymous said...

@Joan Elizabeth there's only one app that i know of thus far for cemeteries, BillionGraves, do you know of any others?

CaT said...

hahahaha, thats funny... texting about a grave.. although i would probably never do it.. :)

diane b said...

The mobile phone is going to be used for everything soon. This is a good idea. Good one Israel!

VP said...

Good idea! This is a first and quite surprising...

tapirgal said...

This is a great idea! I have to learn via my blogging friends, because I expect it will be awhile before we get it here. In fact, I think we will probably skip ober intermediate maps and go right to SMS . . . In a decade or so!