Brittany wrote this testimony and recorded this video just weeks before her death. Her goal was to give control to terminally ill people as they approach the end of life, an option she was denied in her home state of California.
A RIFT has opened up between the widower and mum of right-to-die advocate, Brittany Maynard. It is over a book that her husband says should never have been written.
Maynard’s mum, Deborah Ziegler, spoke to Katie Couric this week about her daughter’s death.
However, Maynard’s widower, Dan Diaz, says his mother-in-law was told not to publish her book — Wild and Precious Life.
Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January 2014 and moved from California to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s Death with Dignity laws. She advocated for people to be allowed to seek euthanasia in cases such as hers and died on November 1, 2014 with drugs given to her by her doctor.
Mrs Ziegler says Maynard told her on the day of her death that she would meet her at Machu Picchu.
“I will find some way to be watching down on you,” she wrote in her last letter to her mother, Deborah Ziegler. “I will smile as your plane touches down in Peru.”
Mr Diaz took to Facebook last week to reveal that Maynard had explicitly told him she did not want her mother to tell her story to the public.
“No one else can tell my story Dan, except for you,” Mr Diaz says Maynard told him. “You are the only one that has been here for me the entire time and you are the only one that can share the meaningful private moments that I would want shared.”
“I love my mother very much, but I don’t want her to be a storyteller about me,” MrDiaz recalled his wife saying. “She’s been a great mum and I wouldn’t be here without her, but I don’t want her to write about me. It is not her place to do so.’
Diaz said Maynard gave him sole ownership of her “name, likeness, image, description, voice and life story” in her Will, a reason perhaps why Maynard’s picture is not on the cover of Mrs Ziegler’s book.
“The book that … Ziegler decided to write against Brittany’s instructions … does not appropriately tell the story of Brittany Maynard,” Mr Diaz added.
“In particular, the scenes from the last 10 months of Brittany’s life obviously reflect Deborah’s own opinions, concerns and thoughts,” he wrote.
Mr Diaz also said that claimed that there are “numerous passages” in the book that are “inaccurate”.
“The purpose of this post is simply to convey Brittany’s instructions,” he said. “It is not to create angst or division. Kindness and love are what we need more of in this world.”
“The purpose of this post is to relay the information that Brittany required of me; that she did not support her mother writing a book and feared the contents would be inaccurate,” he said.
After Maynard’s death, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act. It happened nearly a year before the one-year-anniversary of Brittany’s death.