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)
Michael, you're constantly in my prayers. Yours in friendship, M-M and Miss Daisy
Donated by Mrs Bolton
27th July 2015
Shawna, thinking of you and sending my best wishes.
Donated by Mrs Bolton
27th July 2015
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
25th May 2015
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
24th February 2015
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!
16th January 2014
In memory of Duke (Donald Palmer) on the first anniversary of your passing 20th September 2013. Rest in peace.
Donated by Julie Sullivan
23rd September 2013
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
2nd July 2013
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
12th March 2012
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
30th January 2012
For Danny from Max
11th January 2011
My pen-friend Phil Tompkins is no longer on death row in Texas. Gillian
Donated by Mrs G Harrison
22nd November 2010
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
5th June 2010
In memory of John Alba, who was executed in Texas on May 25th.
Donated by Pamela Hunt
27th May 2010
For Rex Mays, James Martinez, Jose Medellin (executed in Texas) and Arthur Brown Jun. (on Death Row in Texas)
Donated by Lynne Adams
5th March 2010
Kenneth, thank you for your thoughtfulness and kindness. Barbara
Donated by Barbara Bravester
4th February 2010
2nd May 2007
In memory of remarkable friends: Sam, Leo, Stephen, Warren, who have given me so much when they had so little. Jan Arriens To my friends William Bryson, Norman Cleary, Alexander Williams and James Brown. Your friendships over many years has meant so much to me. May you rest in peace. Carole In memory of Sam who opened my eyes to so much and of Alan and Tracy. Special friends all - Clare. For those we have lost to execution; what a paradox it is that though we abhor your circumstances, they are the very reason we have had these marvellous friendships. Helen Keeler To my friends, John Walter Castro, Michael Roberts, John Hooker and Zane Fields. You have all brought something special to our lives. Your memories live on in our hearts and always will. Love Karen. To Jack For Phillip, lost to the state of Tennessee. At peace now - Clare To Granville and Jesse You changed my view of the world! Fiona In memory of my dear friends Ignacio, from whose quiet wisdom I learned so much, and Anthony whose vitality and humour were a joy to all who knew him. Jean Peake In memory of my friend Kevin Zimmerman, executed in Texas in 2004 Thanks for the friendships that mean so much. You will always be remembered. For all those who have died on death rows throughout the world. With love from John Wilkinson and Helena Morwood. For two unknown, who died without a friend Alice, in support of LifeLines to those who trod a long and hard path and kept hoping, Sonja For absent friends. Beryl
Donated by J W Arriens, Carole Butcher, Clare B, Helen Keeler, K A Collett, Naomi Cikalo, Clare Broom-Harvey, Fiona Kent, Jean Peake, Catherine Willis, William Glasse, John Wilkinson & Helena Morwood, Ms J Richards, Claire Jenkins, Margaret A Olivier,
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