October 24, 2016 02:22 PM

Dan Diaz opens up about wife Brittany Maynard’s final hours and how he’s keeping her memory alive. Subscribe now to read the promise he made to her and why he’s finally breaking his silence, in this exclusive PEOPLE interview.

Two-and-a-half months after his terminally ill wife, Brittany Maynard, ended her life with medication prescribed to her by a doctor, her husband is coping the best way he can, he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new interview.

“I have good days and bad days,” Diaz, 43, says. “But the feeling of loss is always there – particularly in the morning when I first wake up. And at night, when the house is quiet and I’m just there with the dogs. I think about her every day.”

Maynard, 29, became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement after she launched an online video campaign with Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life choice advocacy organization, on Oct. 6.

Diaz, who is still on leave from his job as a senior manager in the food industry, is only breaking his silence to fulfill a promise he made to Maynard to help get right-to-die laws passed nationwide, starting with their home state of California.

Maynard and Diaz had to move to Oregon last June so she could get access to that state’s Death with Dignity Act.

Diaz will be appearing on Wednesday’s episode of The Meredith Vieira Show. Check your local listings to find out when and where it airs in your city. Additionally, he will appear on PEOPLE Now Friday morning.

For more from Maynard’s family, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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