The University of Utah's Independent Student Voice

The Daily Utah Chronicle

The University of Utah's Independent Student Voice

The Daily Utah Chronicle

The University of Utah's Independent Student Voice

The Daily Utah Chronicle

Write for Us
Want your voice to be heard? Submit a letter to the editor, send us an op-ed pitch or check out our open positions for the chance to be published by the Daily Utah Chronicle.
@TheChrony
Print Issues
Write for Us
Want your voice to be heard? Submit a letter to the editor, send us an op-ed pitch or check out our open positions for the chance to be published by the Daily Utah Chronicle.
@TheChrony

Letter to the Editor: Spilled Milk–and order in the universe

By Jason Moore

Chris Yeates, my cousin also committed suicide. His death was not a matter of chance or the result of some random event, it was the calculated result of an orderly plan: his own. Nor was it an event he was destined for; the only reason he died was because he chose to. It was a very painful time for each of us, especially for his parents. It’s been a while, but I still miss him a lot.

Despite the suffering we’ve been through, I am still convinced of the order and reason in the universe. I feel that one reason he was placed in our family was because he was going to commit suicide. Despite his choices, he received so many blessings from his family, and each of us was and continues to be blessed by having him be a part of our lives.

Yes, in many cases, life is painful. Sometimes we hurt because of our own choices, and sometimes we suffer because of others’ choices. Sometimes we can see no logical reason why we suffer. Regardless of where it comes from, suffering serves a purpose. To dismiss this pain to random chance trivializes the powerful, intense lessons that so many have learned through suffering. Those who experience pain, raw and potent, and who choose to accept it and pass through it and take from it, come away with an understanding that’s hard to get any other way.

Our family is very grateful that my cousin was a part of us for the time he was here, even with his suicide. And while I treasure my family and I hope that we never have to go through anything like that again, I cannot deny the power of the things he taught me.

Jason Moore

Graduate Student, Business

Leave a Comment

Comments (0)

The Daily Utah Chronicle welcomes comments from our community. However, the Daily Utah Chronicle reserves the right to accept or deny user comments. A comment may be denied or removed if any of its content meets one or more of the following criteria: obscenity, profanity, racism, sexism, or hateful content; threats or encouragement of violent or illegal behavior; excessively long, off-topic or repetitive content; the use of threatening language or personal attacks against Chronicle members; posts violating copyright or trademark law; and advertisement or promotion of products, services, entities or individuals. Users who habitually post comments that must be removed may be blocked from commenting. In the case of duplicate or near-identical comments by the same user, only the first submission will be accepted. This includes comments posted across multiple articles. You can read more about our comment policy here.
All The Daily Utah Chronicle Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *