The Children’s Garden of Peace
The Garden is a symbol of hope for peace and renewal in our lives, our community, and the world.
In early 2004 Mary and Mike attended a dedication ceremony for the Garden of Peace in Boston MA. The Garden is a memorial commemorating victims of homicide and a living reminder of the impact of violence. It is a visual testament to the need for eliminating violence. The Garden is a symbol of hope for peace and renewal in our lives, our community, and the world. At the time of the dedication there were 400 names of all ages who were victims of violent crimes inscribed on the stones in the Garden. Today there are close to 1000.
After the event, they talked with their friends in Kingston about what they saw there and the impact that the peacefulness of this setting in the middle of downtown Boston had on us and everyone who attended. Several people including Mary and Dan Murphy, whose son Ryan was one of Jonathan’s close friends and was killed shortly after Jonathan’s death, thought that it would be a good idea to have a similar place of peace and reflection dedicated to the children on the South Shore who had died far too early.
Dan tirelessly researched information in all the local towns to find families of children who had died, contacting them to see if they were interested in being part of this memorial to all the children of the area. We found quite a number of these cases and the reactions of the parent were almost always, “yes please, I don’t want my child to be forgotten”. Interestingly, when we were doing the research several elderly parents whose child had died before them wanted to have a stone in the Garden even though several of these children were in their 40’s or 50’s. A not so subtle reminder that they will always be our children no matter how old they are.