The Beginning Experience programme’s invitational process offers the opportunity to move towards a new beginning in life and its quality and effectiveness are well documented.

  • Developed by respected professionals in grief psychology, ministry, organisational process and education, the programme is psychologically and spiritually sound.
  • At the invitation of the World Mental Health Organisation, Beginning Experience participated in a grief resolution panel at the WMHO International Conference in Ireland.
  • To ensure the integrity and quality of the copy-righted programme, the International Ministry Centre periodically certifies all the peer ministry teams worldwide to present the Beginning Experience Weekend.


The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce, relationship breakdown or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. It can result in nearly unbearable feelings of loneliness and grief.

Many people who have suffered such a loss feel left out by the church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of themselves and uncertain about their futures.


Beginning Experience is a weekend residential programme to help grieving single again men and women 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 for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth. Although based in the Catholic tradition, its open ecumenical spirit serves and welcomes those of all faiths and none.


Beginning Experience has proven to help individuals make a new beginning in life. The experience provides support and direction and offers participants an opportunity to re-evaluate their lives and to move on into the future with renewed hope.