LifeLines Memorial Grove

Supporting and Befriending Prisoners
on deathrow in the United States
through letter writing

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These trees stand in memory of the men and women we have known. They themselves discarded by society like weeds; some no more than saplings never given the chance to show what they could be, others stunted from poor soil or gnarled and twisted by harsh winds, others so poisonous that few could approach. Others flowering against the odds. Some, huge spreading trees beneath which others could take refuge and find support, laughter and even love.
Others again that should never have been there at all.

Each has had a story to tell. Often, it was a story that had not been told before, and which even the men and women themselves heard properly for the first time only in the telling. For here were people who, even in their darkest
of groves, found themselves thrusting up towards the light and reaching out to share with others on the outside;
the letter their lifeline.

A lifeline which, no matter what the men and women had done, stretched both ways. Remorse, anger, confusion, horror, fear all these dark forces crowding in on every side transcended by the simple knowledge that someone cared. And we, on the outside, humbled and awed by what the human spirit could survive, and by how much these ruthlessly cast aside weeds had discovered and had to offer. Not just individual penpals but entire families touched, deeply,
by this most improbable of shared journeys. We have been there, when the axe has struck.

May these trees stand like sentinels, guarding all that has so enriched lives on both sides of the Atlantic.
May we remember too, while marking all that has meant so much to us, those who lost their lives beforehand
and all those whose lives were so tragically and irretrievably changed.

Jan Arriens, Founder of LifeLines (Est. 1988)

LifeLines UK

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Thanking Jason, on Death Row, Florida, for his love and inspiration. Happy Christmas 2019
Donated by Jenny Cornelius
For my dear friend Troy executed by Texas 26/9/18. Today would have been his birthday. Cheryl
For Thomas A Battle and Bonny Scotland’s wildlife
Donated by Kirsty McIver
For Thomas A Battle and Bonny Scotland’s wildlife
Donated by Kirsty McIver
Michael Ren Ard Jackson Every blessing for Christmas and your birthday, regards Margaret- May
Donated by Margaret May Bolton
Shauna Forde, ArizonaI will be thinking of you on your birthday and Christmas, Meow Meow
Donated by Margaret May Bolton
In memorial for all those who have been killed unjustly on death row in the USA
and for my pen friend who lives in hope.
Donated by Alexandra Thurston
For my good friend Tyrone Cade
Donated by Denise
For Ricky Kerr, Linda Carty, Nathanial Barley, Tracy Housel and Jackie Elliot.
All far more than just prisoners on Death Row.
Donated by Hugh Southey
In memory of Jose A. Jimenez from Florida State Penitentiary
who was executed 13th December 2018,
a loyal and loving penfriend over 16 years.
Donated by Fiona Gardner
For my penpals in the USA. Four individuals who inspire me.
Donated by Michael
My pen pal Justin, on death Row in Florida,
inspires me with his positive spirit and compassion.
Thank you Jason.
Donated by Jenny Cornellius
Donated by DOREEN DUNN
For Louis Rangel Zaragoza in California
Donated by Doreen Dunn
I am planting two trees, one for Andre "Kokomo" Williams and an extra one.
Donated by Michael Lewis
For Howard in Illinois
Donated by Clare Singleton
For Leon Dorsey IV, mostly known as Pete.
A special person who taught me that true friendship can take many forms.
You are still missed. Xxx
Donated by Jacqui Thomasen
For my good friend Terry Edwards. I will always remember you x
Donated by Cheri Midderigh
Michael, you're constantly in my prayers. Yours in friendship, M-M and Miss Daisy
Donated by Mrs Bolton
Shawna, thinking of you and sending my best wishes.
Donated by Mrs Bolton
In Memory of Tim Redman
a friend even though we did not agree on many subjects.
He killed himself in Nov 2009
after the guards sprayed his cell with 5 to 7 big cans of chemical agent.
Donated by Erich
Dierdre Schmitt, beloved wife to Erich, bestfriend, big sister to Robert.
Lil Dee, loved, missed, never forgotten!
May the Lord & your father welcome you in a loving embrace.
Until we meet again darlin.
love R.
Donated by Robert
For Michael, Good Wishes, MM.
Donated by Margaret Mary Bolton
John Gerish died in hospital.
It was a privilege to support you John. 'See you in heaven'.

Roderick Davie A.K.A. Zakiy
Bless you for your love.

William (Corky)Snyder died 2011
Your faith in God was a wonderful example. See you one day!
In memory of Duke (Donald Palmer)
on the first anniversary of your passing 20th September 2013.
Rest in peace.
Donated by Julie Sullivan
In memory of our dear friend Da'rryl Durr
sadly missed especially today on your growth day
from Julie, Rory, Darla and Jodi.
Donated by Julie Sullivan
In memory of Randle Robinson and Ernest Carter.Diana Sanderson
Donated by Diana Sanderson
Thinking of all those prisoners on the Row in the US,
from all the attendees of the first south east regional group meeting
held at St Mary's Abbey West Malling 10.03.2012
Donated by Rachael Martin
For our penpal Rodrigo, our friend for the last five years.
May you truly rest in peace.
With much love, Sarah & Steve Eardley
Donated by Sarah Eardley
For Danny from Max
My pen-friend Phil Tompkins is no longer on death row in Texas.
Donated by Mrs G Harrison
In memory of Julius Young of Oklahoma, my friend for the last four years of his life.
Liz Bailey
Donated by Mrs. E.M.Bailey
In memory of John Alba, who was executed in Texas on May 25th.
Donated by Pamela Hunt
For Rex Mays, James Martinez, Jose Medellin (executed in Texas) and Arthur Brown Jun. (on Death Row in Texas)
Donated by Lynne Adams
Kenneth, thank you for your thoughtfulness and kindness. Barbara
Donated by Barbara Bravester