Beginning Experience Support Group


(Alexandria Group)
4303 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303

Date of Official Change:

June 6, 2016


Beginning Experience


Beginning Experience is a weekend program to help grieving persons who are single again and their children 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. Founded by a Catholic nun and rooted in the Christian tradition, the ministry's open, ecumenical spirit serves those of all faiths.

The purpose of the Beginning Experience ministry is to facilitate the grief resolution process for adults and children who have suffered a loss through death, divorce or separation, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others and God.

We accomplish the purpose by offering quality, copyrighted, grief resolution programs presented by trained peer ministers. These programs are designed to move grieving people through a transformational process to a new beginning in their lives.

We believe that through resolving the grief of a significant loss:
Individuals participate in the death and resurrection of Christ as he lives in the world today;
That those working through this experience can effectively walk with others for whom the experience is new and hard;
And that the invitation to recover offers an opportunity for life transformation, and for freeing individuals to love self, others and God in new and deeper ways.


Beginning Experience Weekend is a Friday evening to Sunday afternoon program // Pre-Weekend programs are for those not yet ready for the Beginning Experience Weekend // Post-Weekend programs for continued healing // Beginning Experience teams may also offer additional post-Weekend programs for grieving adults

Intake Process:

Application process. Once the application has been received, someone is available to help each person determine their readiness for the program

Program Fees:

Fees for the Beginning Experience Weekend Program provides program materials, two nights' lodging and meals - $185; scholarships may be available




The BE is designed to be a time of closure on the past and new beginning in the present / Those who come should be beyond the initial feelings of anger and despair which usually follow the loss of a loved one / They should be at a point of wanting a new beginning and ready to work to make that desire a reality

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Date of Official Change:

June 6, 2016


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Volunteer Opportunities:

Agency does not utilize volunteers

Address Listings

Physical (Primary)

(Alexandria Group)
4303 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303


4303 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303


Anna Sweat

Primary Contact

Alexandria Team

(318) 452-2678

Michelle Norris

Alexandria Team

(318) 729-0129

Phone Numbers

Alexandria Group

(318) 452-2678

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