Are you grieving the loss of a spouse through death, separation or divorce?
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 wishing you could move forward?
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 death, separation or divorce and we've made our way through it to a new beginning.
Beginning Experience (BE) is an international support program for widowed, separated and divorced individuals and their families. It is a peer ministry intended to facilitate the resolution of the grief surrounding the loss of a marriage/relationship and to promote healing.
BE of Rochester has been helping for over 20 years. We offer Rebuilding workshops in the Rochester area and Weekends at the beautiful Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake and Notre Dame Retreat House overlooking Canandaigua Lake .
Rebuilding Sessions: A new session will begin on July 17, 2017. See Activities page for details.
Upcoming Weekends: October 13-15, 2017 (see Application page for more information on the Weekend). Meals & lodging 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 individuals who have attended the Weekend program as a participant in the past. 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 death, separation or divorce
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."