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Brittany Maynard has died

Brittany Maynard has died

Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old woman who moved to Oregon with her family in order to take advantage of that state’s Death with Dignity law, died yesterday. She had been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme–a rare and aggressive brain cancer, in which the median survival rate with treatment is 14 months.

Brittany used her life after her diagnosis to create a plan for how she wanted to live the rest of her life, and how she wanted to die, but she also chose to ignite a national conversation around whether people have the right to choose to end their lives, when they are diagnosed with a terminal illness such as hers. As she herself argued: “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more.”


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I agree Brittany’s passing is sad. Whether her mode of passing is brave or not is FAR beyond my paygrade. Ergo, I will just commend her to God (the Just&Merciful Judge of bravery, and everything else).

RIP, Brittany.

JC Fisher


I don’t think this is particularly brave. I think it’s sad. Suffering is part and parcel of living and people of faith know that it is part of our growth. Don’t tell me I don’t know about pain, because I have lived with it now for several varies from a dull ache to excruciating and debilitating. I try to learn from it. Life is God’s to give or take, and in his/her time and in accordance with his/her plan for every life. I don’t think this in any way condemns Ms. Maynard as God is bigger than any of our human notions. I’ve seen people of faith suffer greatly and have a hard death, but, their faith saw them through it and they found depth and breadth and meaning within the process. I have also seen those who did NOT really believe the whole message deal with it in terror and anger. I guess it all comes down to whether you really believe. If you do believe, you find the grace however it comes to you.

Cassandra Nancy Kenfield-Lea [added by ed.]

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