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)
For Howard in Illinois
Donated by Clare Singleton
29th May 2018
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
23rd February 2018
For my good friend Terry Edwards. I will always remember you x
Donated by Cheri Midderigh
27th February 2017
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
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
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
For Michael, Good Wishes, MM.
Donated by Margaret Mary Bolton
In memory of Randle Robinson and Ernest Carter. Diana Sanderson
Donated by Diana Sanderson
In memory of Leroy McNeil, died North Carolina, October 2008. A treasured friendship, Janet In memory of Richard Henyard who was executed by the State of Florida on 23rd September 2008. Thank you for all you gave to me. You will never be forgotten. Becky x x x for Billy Ray Riggs (Pops), my penfriend in St. Quentin. Fran Grice For my friend, Daoud Adanandus-El, Texas. For his mum, his sisters, his children and grandchildren. For Mum & Grandma, Lots of Love Andrea & Rachael for Jack Friend, a prisoner currently on death row in California. In memory Brodrick Monylan on DR a few years ago For Michael L Riley, executed 19th May 2009 after more than 20 years on death row. In memory of my friend, John R. Marek, killed in Florida 2009
For Vincent, remembered with love, Zoe :) for Leo Edwards, executed 21 June 1989, age 36. In honour of the great wisdom, dignity and courage you should showed to the very end. Suzanne in memory of Gerald 'Jake' Gallego who died in the Nevada Department of Corrections, Carson City, USA on Death Row, in 2002 For Razzaaq Muhammad - thank you for 12 years of friendship and I really miss our big hugs. You have left a big hole in my life but will always have a place in my heart. Jil and the King too. to the forgotten ones Jerry McFadden,1999, and Al Janecka, 2003, both from Texas. In memory of Michael Durocher, killed in Florida in 1993. Rosemary Leaves fall from trees just as loved ones leave our lives But memories like trees will last forever in our hearts Andrea & Rachael I can think of nothing better to remind me of the beauty and joy of life than a tree. A tree stands tall and proud and contributes much to its environment. Our penfriends are not pathetic victims of the American 'Justice' system, they are examples to us all of how to be glorious victors, and to stand tall and proud. I celebrate your courage and your creativity! Jean Martin In memory of those that have lost their lives or their loved ones to the horror that is the death penalty. You will never be far from my thoughts. Cheryl Nunn. I would like to donate this tree to Tracy Hansen who was executed by the State of Mississippi on July 17, 2002 In memory of all those who have lost their lives in the name of justice. For James Hunter. Thank you for everything that you have taught me. Stephanie Looney In memory of my good friend Joseph L. Trueblood, executed in Indiana on 13 June 2003. Elizabeth Anne Muller For Mark a true friend - you will be sadly missed. May you now be at peace Mary
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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