Testimonial statements from past Weekend participants

 

"After 8 years of being separated and divorced my whole world had totally fallen apart.  I read in the church bulletin a notice of a retreat for bereavement.  I needed help and had tried other divorce groups but they did not meet my needs.  B.E. was exactly what I was looking for.  It saved me!  The love and the acceptance that I received at this retreat helped me through the most difficult time of my life.  B.E. is where you meet people who have walked the walk and really understand what you are going through."

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"I thought I was doing well, recovering from the death of my husband.  But my BE weekend pushed me to the next level.  What a great experience."

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"At the start of the weekend I was a broken, hurt, and sad person and by the end of the weekend I felt a great sense of relief and was transformed into a person with a renewed spirit and sense of hope."

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"I was divorced 3 years before I came to B.E.  I was trying to go about my life thinking I was O.K.  However, my heart and head were troubled and were still in the past.  I kept asking myself, could I have done more, said something, not said something that would have made a difference in the outcome of my marriage?  The answer as I now know is "NO"!  I did all I could.  B. E. helped me to see this, helped me to GENTLY close the door, to lose the guilty feelings.  I now focus on moving forward, alone, but with peace.  My heart is now light. I cannot say enough about the wonderful experience I had at this retreat.  It is truly a new beginning for all who attend."

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"Beginning Experience gave me the opportunity to connect with myself.  It allowed me to explore and be in touch with my true feelings.  I felt safe among others who were non-judgmental, caring and supportive.  It enabled me to think about forgiveness and to begin a new journey for myself."

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"The B.E. experience is the best gift I have ever given myself.  I have been divorced for many years and have never moved on.  Thanks to B.E. I have finally begun to heal.  The safe, structured, caring environment of B.E. is perfect for healing and personal growth."

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"When I went on my weekend I wasn't sure what to expect, however, it helped me to come to grips with the loss of my husband.  It was great.  I have made so many friends, that truly understand exactly what I'm feeling and they aren't afraid to be around me. I thank God I went to the BE weekend."

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"I remember feeling so lost in life.  I had to take care of myself and my son and was just going through the motions.  I had no hope, my dreams of the family I wanted were crushed and my self esteem was gone.  When I saw the invitation in my church bulletin for The Beginning Experience weekend I was skeptical.  I had never done anything like this before and I was afraid of going anywhere alone.  But I went and it changed my life.  I realized that I could go on and live a good and fulfilling life.  I spent much of the weekend getting in touch with my feelings and it has helped me continue to do that. Today I am able to work through whatever comes my way."

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"Not a day goes by since I participated in my Beginning Experience weekend that I don’t reflect back and realize what a unique gift I was given of compassion, trust and understanding that I could not have encountered anywhere else."

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"I’ve tried different groups to help me with moving on but it wasn’t until I found B.E. that I found both healing and forgiveness."