A Dutch inventor has developed a digital gravestone with an LCD display showing pictures and films.

The tombstone has an infrared sense which activates the display when anybody stands in front of the grave.

The screen lights up with messages from the deceased, along with videos and pictures, reports De Morgen.

Henk Rozema, 65, from Zwolle, came up with the idea after he made a DVD of his own life to show at his birthday party.

When a lot of his friends asked for copies of the DVD, Mr Rozema realised he could be on to something and decided to develop his digital tombstone.

"I’m an engineer and I thought that must be possible," he said. "We are not the Flintstones. This is the digital age!"