Minimalist Memorials: Name and dates engraved in fine-grained granite: Only four facts remain to tell the story of this octogenarian's life. It's a simple style of memorialization that is part of every graveyard. Why? (a) Personal preferences. (b) Financial constraints. (c) Cultural norms. (d) Cemetery restrictions. Whatever the reason, memorials like this seem to underscore the role of death as the great equalizer. St. Joseph Cemetery.