Are you grieving the loss of a spouse through separation, divorce or death?
Are you having trouble accepting that you no longer have a partner?
Is there some unresolved anger you need to deal with?
Have you run out of friends or family members to whom you can tell your story?
Do you feel isolated and are having difficulty making new acquaintances?
Are you wishing you could just move on?
If you've answered "YES" to one or all of these questions, perhaps it's time to reach out for help and call on your friends at Beginning Experience. Most of us have been right where you are. We know the pain of separation, divorce or death and we've made our way through it to a new beginning.
Beginning Experience (BE) is an international support program for divorced, separated and widowed individuals and their families. It is a peer ministry intended to facilitate the resolution of the grief surrounding the breakup of a marriage/relationship and to promote healing.
BE of Rochester has been helping for over 20 years. We offer Rebuilding classes at Good Shepherd School in Henrietta and Weekends at the beautiful Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake.
Rebuilding Sessions: Our next session will be scheduled soon - see Activities page for details
Upcoming Weekends: October 16-18, 2015, April 22-24, 2016 and October 14-16, 2016 (see the Application page for more information on the Weekend). Meals are included.
The Weekend is designed to be a “Real Awakening”. It is a powerful experience of hope and moving on to the next stage of life. The Weekend is filled with your personal reflection. The dialogue is in small confidential groups, which are warm and supportive and tend toward a genuine community and real fellowship. You can anticipate a quiet, peaceful and reflective Weekend. The leaders of the program and groups are divorced or widowed. The Weekend is designed to be a time of closure on the past and a new beginning in the present.
BeginningExperience of Rochester NY
peer support for those who have suffered a loss through divorce, separation, death
One person said "BE Weekends are the best kept secret in Rochester.
I have met so many people then and afterwards. When I saw the rainbow on Sunday morning, I knew that my life was going to change in a new direction. I am so happy that I made that first step by going to Camp Stella Maris."
Another person said, "It was a time just for me, to explore where I’ve been in my life and where I’m going. I have so much more energy now for my children and my job. It was the best gift that I gave myself."