As I took photos of interesting markers and monuments, I couldn't help contrasting old cemeteries like St. John (Plaquemine, Louisiana) with the new modern cemeteries.
In old cemeteries, you or your family could choose a unique marker that seemed appropriate for the very unique you. Your financial condition would have determined whether your marker was modest or elaborate; but either way, you had the option of having a unique marker.
In modern cemeteries there is no option for uniqueness. All markers are flat plaques at ground level. They all look alike. Instead of having your uniqueness honored, you become indistinguishable in a sea of departed humanity.
There's something cozy about an old cemetery. Even if none of the names on the markers are familiar to me, I feel like I'm visiting real individuals. But the coziness is lost in the collectivism of a modern cemetery.
Oh well, there's no point in lamenting modern cemeteries. We'll all end up in one unless you're fortunate enough to have a family plot with empty space in an old cemetery. But sometimes there's no denying that old ways are best.