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My Dad Died in a Hospital. She Wants to Die at Home. I Said, “I Can Do That.”

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I moved back six years ago to take care of my mom. Tomorrow’s not promised to none of us. I’ve tried to give back to her like she gave to me. No matter if I was wrong or right, she took care of me.

When I first started bathing my mom it was really hard. But she didn’t have no choice. Now it’s just a routine.

My dad died in a hospital. She wants to die at home. I said, “I can do that.”

Dave Haddix, 51, previously worked in construction. We met him while he was standing on his front stoop drinking a Mountain Dew. He and his mom live on Pittsburgh’s North Side.


In ‘100 Days, 100 Voices’ Nancy Andrews presents photographs depicting the diversity of voices across Appalachia. These portraits strive to show the varied faces, passions, issues and opinions from around the region. These interviews have been edited for brevity and clarity. If you have an idea for ‘100 Days, 100 Voices’ please contact Nancy Andrews on Twitter @NancyAndrews or email at nancy.andrews [at] mail.wvu.edu. Follow her on Instagram @NancyAndrews.