Situations that cause massive grief can hit anyone suddenly, so a new and unusual class being hosted by the High Point Public Library will no doubt be helpful to those people who need to learn quickly how to adapt to and deal with sudden grief.

Next month, the library is holding a class lead by a bereavement counselor in hopes that it will help area residents get through tough and painful experiences.

September is Suicide Prevention Month and there have been a lot of events put on and programs offered by local governments, places of worship and community organizations meant to help people deal with the kind of depression and grief that can lead to suicide.

For instance, on Monday, Sept. 11, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department held a news conference meant to educate people in the community about suicide and Suicide  Awareness Month, as well as to teach ways to help prevent suicide.  While the High Point library’s offering doesn’t specifically address suicide, it does aim to prevent people from going down a path of depression that can have tragic consequences.

The High Point Public Library at 901 N. Main St. will be hosting the class called “Grief 101: Understanding Grief.”  It’s being advertised as  a “crash course” in the grief process.

The class will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the library’s Morgan Community Room.

The presentation will “familiarize attendees with common reactions to grief as well as strategies for coping with loss.”

This program will be presented by Kirsten Goard, a bereavement counselor with Hospice of the Piedmont. In the past, Goard has worked in behavioral Health at Cone Health Medcenter for Women and as a navigator for the Guilford County Family Justice Center in Greensboro.

The class is of course free and open to the public.

Anyone who wants more information about the class should contact Mark Taylor at 336-883-3646.