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 The Beginning Experience

Widowed - Separated - Divorced;
Help for the heartache of finding yourself alone again.
The Beginning Experience is a structured weekend program where widowed, separated and divorced persons are guided through their grief process.  The Beginning Experience is an international peer ministry.  Although the program was designed by and for Catholics, it has been open to persons of all faiths.

The pain of loss

 The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce, or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences.  It can result in nearly unbearable feeling of loneliness and grief.  Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of themselves and uncertain about their futures.

Hope for a new beginning

Beginning Experience is a weekend program to help grieving single-again persons move from the darkness of their grief into the light of a new beginning and move into the future with renewed hope.  It helps deal with the natural grief process and offers an opportunity, through God, for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, its open, ecumenical spirit serves those of all faiths.

Experience of community 

From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, the Beginning Experience is presented by a team of persons who have suffered the loss of a loved one and are willing to share their own experience to help others.  Team members lead participants through a program of presentations, personal private reflection and small group sharing.  A sense of community develops in an atmosphere of care and concern that is a hallmark of each Beginning Experience Weekend.

New Logo Symbolism


Our logo, made of six similar images, exemplifies a peer community of support by others, each of whom has experienced a similar loss.

The purple image with a white cross represents Christ walking beside us as we journey through grief to healing.

The green color reflects the promise of new life. Our Tagline--Listen. Accompany. Heal.

Listen- We provide a quiet space where you can share the pain of your loss.

Accompany- we are able to walk with you because we have been where you are.

Heal- we offer a process for finding peace and meaning in life again.

Los Angeles Team

Tel:  (818) 767-1007    [para español, llame al (310) 365-0186]
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