The following are real and personal testimonials from the people who have been recipients in some way of P.U.L.S.E.’s service.
“When my son was killed, I received a WE CARE package from P.U.L.S.E. At the time of his murder, I wasn’t able to do anything. I didn’t want to. I had started a new job and my son’s death made me really depressed. A woman I worked with was involved with P.U.L.S.E. and she told me that I needed to go to the group, so I began going to the monthly group sessions. Now I volunteer regularly. P.U.L.S.E. really helped me a lot with dealing with my depression and I pulled out of it. People in P.U.L.S.E. always have a listening ear.”
“I came into P.U.L.S.E. right after losing my daughter. I was in a stage when I was always crying. A principal in school called and recommended P.U.L.S.E. I received a call and was invited to the meetings. Just going to the meetings and seeing others living through the same story makes you feel like you aren’t alone. There were others who had lost a loved one like I did and they were suffering too. We talked about our losses. So many people say they know, they understand, but if you haven’t lived it, you don’t know. A member from P.U.L.S.E. came to court with me the second time and a volunteer was there every day. They helped me a with a lot of legal matters.”
“My brother was shot and killed. P.U.L.S.E. helped me learn about legal information, my rights, etc. I didn’t know anything! My sister happened to read an article about P.U.L.S.E. and its work in the newspaper and I called P.U.L.S.E. because I wasn’t getting the information I needed from anywhere else. I can’t say enough about P.U.L.S.E. and how they help victims; talking with others, counseling meetings, etc. If it wasn’t for P.U.L.S.E., I would never have known who I could speak to to get some answers about my brother’s death. P.U.L.S.E. has really helped my family out.”
“P.U.L.S.E. has given me a different outlook on a lot of things and brought me in contact with people who constantly keep me thinking about where to go and what I can do.”
“I am a volunteer driver with P.U.L.S.E. They have encouraged me and I know they can get things done. P.U.L.S.E. volunteers advised and helped me with the things I didn’t quite understand. When you lose a loved one, you go through a lot of stress and grief. This doesn’t happen to everybody and you don’t know who to talk to. Family and friends who have not had a similar experience may not be the right people to talk to. P.U.L.S.E. fills a gap there. They are always very encouraging and it makes you feel better knowing somebody cares besides immediate family.”
“My son was killed in 1994. P.U.L.S.E. volunteers came over to my mother’s house that evening and brought a WE CARE package. A member of P.U.L.S.E. went to mitigation with us after the trial. She also called and gave verbal support. It was really helpful.”
“I lost a grandson- a cold blooded murder. P.U.L.S.E. found me and helped with my family. My daughter didn’t have insurance, food- things you don’t think of. P.U.L.S.E. helped out with family and friends who were visiting and donated money to our family to help bury my grandson. When you lose a loved one, your thoughts are just gone. I was thinking a grandmother shouldn’t outlive a healthy grandchild.
One of the most memorable things about P.U.L.S.E. is the Memorial Wall and the saying ‘Forget Us Not’. At one of P.U.L.S.E.’s memorial events, I heard a person say, ‘Why do they keep doing these things? How can they get over it if they keep bringing it up?’ I say seeing that someone else cares enough to care for your loved ones, too. I think it is a beautiful thing. P.U.L.S.E. is doing a worthy job and it takes a lot of strength.”
-Mrs. Lillian Banks
“P.U.L.S.E.’s greatest impact with me has been moral support; being there to help with whatever questions, advising which turns to take. For me, my volunteering with P.U.L.S.E. is a big self-fulfilling prophecy. I can’t change what will happen, but because of my daughter’s memory, I can help others who are going through it. There seems to be an urgency to this organization to do whatever you can, whenever you can.”