Just two days after telling her friends, family, and the world that maybe it "wasn't the time" for her to die after all, Brittany Maynard had a change of heart. On Saturday, November 1—the day she had previously chosen to be her last—the end-of-life advocate died peacefully in her bed, surrounded by friends and family.
"Brittany chose to make a well thought out and informed choice to die with dignity in the face of such a terrible, painful and incurable illness," a post on her website reads. "She moved to Oregon to pass away in a little yellow house she picked out in the beautiful city of Portland."
Twenty-nine-year-old Maynard, who has openly shared the ups and downs of her battle with terminal brain cancer since being diagnosed in January, took medication to end her own life. According to the end-of-life advocacy group Compassion & Choices, who released her obituary Sunday, Maynard "died as she intended—peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones."
The obituary ended with some words from Maynard herself, who wrote: "It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all."
Maynard's moving story swept the nation last month, putting a face and a compelling voice to the "Death with Dignity" movement.
Before her tragic diagnosis last winter, Maynard had by all accounts a bright and happy future ahead of her. The 29-year-old was a graduate of University of California – Berkeley, had a Masters in Education under her belt and, according to her obituary, was an avid traveler who often volunteered at a local animal rescue league. She had also recently married, and had dreams of soon starting a family.
"While she had longed for children of her own, she left this world with zero regrets on time spent, places been, or people she loved in her 29 years," the obituary read.
But despite the briefness of her life, Brittany's friends and family say that her 29 short years were ones filled with "generosity, compassion, education, travel and humor."
She leaves behind her husband, Dan, as well as her mother and stepfather.