We were very pleased to read the article about Dana Cable ("Hood professor lauded for life's work on death and dying," Aug. 3). Often, the greatest human beings are overlooked.

We met Dana as a grief counselor in 1980, after the death of our daughter, Cathy. Our lives had completely fallen apart. He understood that losing a child forever changed a family.

It takes a special person to be able to walk with you during your time of grief, and not be judgmental. Dana didn't have a time limit. Christmas was especially hard that year, but Dana was there for us. Through him we learned that it was all right to cry, to be angry. And one day, with his help, we found we could laugh again.

With his guidance we and two other couples were able to start the first chapter of the Frederick County Compassionate Friends.

We are proud to call him our friend and thankful for all that he has done for us and others during their time of grief.

PAT, JOHN

and KIM HEDGES

Walkersville

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