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A common thread

by Greg Lincoln When a person is struck by some kind of tragedy or trauma, such as the loss of a close and beloved friend or family member, the feelings and the experience they are […]

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Visiting partners

by Greg Lincoln When a family is in trauma from an ordeal or tragedy that causes feelings of uncertainty, despair, or hopelessness, they need our help. What helps is to let them know that they […]

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A place of rest

by Greg Lincoln Part of losing someone that you love is having to lay them to rest. These days we have community cemeteries where our loved ones are placed, where they will return to the […]

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To bear another loss

by Greg Lincoln Sometimes during the onset of grief it seems like the weather knows what you are going through and feeling and it becomes part of your grieving. The wind may pick up, the […]

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Sleep amnesia

by Greg Lincoln There is a very brief moment in time that occurs between the moments when you come out of unconsciousness from sleep and full wakefulness. During this time between sleep and full consciousness […]

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Only the essentials

by Greg Lincoln There came a point in time when we realized that we needed to do something about our energy consumption and our energy bills. What can we do to cut down costs? How […]

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Lost pets need help being found

by Greg Lincoln In our small town sometimes we hear of pets getting lost. It happens almost weekly, I am sorry to say, and this last week it happened to us. We are happy to […]

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Like a slow meandering stream

by Greg Lincoln When we are befallen with an overwhelming loss, such as the loss of a close family member, we are allowed to take time off work to grieve, to prepare to lay our […]

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Grief warriors

by Greg Lincoln Each year we plan a trip to Fairbanks for the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. It is always pleasant to see another part of our great state and to visit our friends and […]

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The ability to adapt

by Greg Lincoln When your natural environment becomes something that is not what you are used to, what do you do? First you endure it and through your endurance you adapt. But adapting can be […]

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The elusive green sunset

by Greg Lincoln There is a phenomenon where the sun gives off a green tint or flash at its apex at the moment of sunset when the sun disappears below the horizon. It is a […]

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Place names and landmarks of home

by Greg Lincoln For some of us, we consider the place of our birth or where we grew up as children our hometowns. These places hold special places in our lives because they are part […]

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To Dad with honor

by Greg Lincoln We would like to send our best Fathers Day wishes to all of our dads in our family and to all of our friends and readers who are fathers. On this day […]

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There is hope in dreams

by Greg Lincoln Us, collectively, as a human race, share this condition called grief. But yet, when it befalls you, it feels like you are the only one. Why? Because your world, your very existence […]

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The beauty of nature in grieving

by Greg Lincoln When I close my eyes, I envision the moments that we spent with you. And although memory can sometimes be fuzzy, when I think of you it is as clear as the […]

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The flags flew proudly

by Greg Lincoln This past Monday, the community of Bethel was invited to the Veterans Cemetery for the Memorial Day Ceremony, hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10041 and the Ladies Auxiliary. The […]

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The soothing sounds of nature

by Greg Lincoln Our villages are our homes, despite the hardships and difficulties that we may experience, there is no other place that we would rather be. Nature and all of the natural gifts of […]

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Mothers Day Blessings

by Greg Lincoln Mother’s around the world are celebrated for all that they do for us on Mothers Day. Every second Sunday in May is designated as the special day for moms here in our […]

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Deep thoughts

by Greg Lincoln When you are deep in thought about something that is perturbing to you or it is a thought of something that takes all your focus you may find your mind traveling through […]

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The strength of friends

by Greg Lincoln This past weekend we were happy to attend the 2019 Native Youth Olympics State championship event in Anchorage. The atmosphere at any NYO event is always very comfortable, respectful and notably absent […]

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The art of enduring

by Greg Lincoln Stressful situations surround us every day. I guess you could say it is a part of life and we have to find ways to work through those, to endure them, and then […]

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Waves of grief

by Greg Lincoln At some point in time in the future we have been told to anticipate a kind of change in our behavior and thinking towards grief. How do we know and what do […]

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Grief does not fade

by Greg Lincoln Defense mechanisms are things that you do when you are faced with anxiety and pain, and are known to be done unconsciously. We talked a little about this a couple of issues […]

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The gift of memories

by Greg Lincoln The Cama-i Festival is always a great time to meet up with friends and to see and hear the latest songs our local dance groups have come up with. Some of the […]

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Laughter and humor during grief

by Greg Lincoln In our Yup’ik culture and everywhere else throughout the world, people love to laugh. Sometimes when we laugh, we laugh so hard that it makes our stomach hurt. Have you ever laughed […]

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Our dearest possessions

by Greg Lincoln Coping with the loss of a loved one calls for the bereaved to adjust to the new reality that life will be different. Perhaps one of the most difficult things to adjust […]

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The gift of encouragement

by Greg Lincoln This weekend we enjoyed seeing many of our loved ones from villages across the YK delta at the 1A tournament held here in Bethel. We have looked forward to it every year […]

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S. A. D.

by Greg Lincoln There is something called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The symptoms of SAD are thought to be caused by the lack of daylight in the winter months. About 6% of our population […]

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A love that binds

by Greg Lincoln Every year on February 16th, Alaskans throughout our state remember and honor Elizabeth Peratrovich. Today, we will continue this tradition. Elizabeth Peratrovich was born in Petersburg, Alaska, on July 4, 1911, and […]

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A legacy that lasts

by Greg Lincoln As we continue on this journey, do you ever ask yourself what or how you would like to be remembered by those that are left? What legacy do you want to leave […]

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Alaska Press Club Photos

I’m disappointed I missed the Alaska Press Club deadline. We won’t be winning any awards this year (sad face). I thought I would share my would-be entries here for your enjoyment. Thank you for your […]

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The words of a song

by Greg Lincoln I remember listening to a song a few years ago where the singer talked that about all the hardships that he was facing in life. He sang about losing his job, his […]

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Courage

by Greg Lincoln Courage is finding the strength to face our grief and our pain. When someone we love passes away, it is like a part of us also passes away with them. The person […]

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Insomnia

by Greg Lincoln Not being able to sleep or having trouble staying asleep is called insomnia. Most all of us, unless you are one of the lucky few, have probably experienced insomnia which is very […]

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After that first year

by Greg Lincoln When a person has been experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one and it has been over a year and it is the second year, the components or characteristics of […]

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A new year

by Greg Lincoln We welcome the New Year and are looking forward to see what it has in store for us. We will not know what is coming up unless we keep going forward. Do […]

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Looking forward to another year

by Greg Lincoln Quyana and many good Christmas wishes to you all! Dear friends, this issue of the Delta Discovery marks the end of another amazing year of publishing our project, our beloved newspaper. We […]

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The Lighting of the Christmas Tree

by Greg Lincoln Last week on Wednesday, the community of Bethel came together to celebrate the first ever Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Local dignitaries, organization members, community members, children, and some pets attended (because […]

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Find your therapy

by Greg Lincoln Every person is gifted with something that they like to do. Whatever it is that you like to do can be equivalent to treatment for grief. We must be active participants in […]

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Aftershocks

by Greg Lincoln When an earthquake hits, it happens unexpectedly without any forewarning. It occurs without any regard to what you may be doing or feeling, and without any consideration to how you will react […]

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Comfort foods

by Greg Lincoln Every one of us has that certain food that we like to eat. We will eat it and then after some time has passed we will want to eat it again. These […]

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Heat Therapy

by Greg Lincoln Therapeutic heating for aches and pains in our bodies has long been practiced by the Yup’ik people through steambathing, or maqiq. For folks suffering from chronic pains like arthritis, a nice steam […]

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Start at the beginning

by Greg Lincoln Last week we started talking about writing our thoughts down for ourselves, for our benefit. Have you considered starting a journal if you do not keep one already? Journalers sometimes get writers […]

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Keeping a grief journal

by Greg Lincoln Dear comrades, writing this column every week has helped us talk about our grief. To us, it is like writing in a journal since it chronicles our feelings, our joys and pains, […]

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When that day comes

by Greg Lincoln When you became ours, we made the decision to love and cherish you forever. It was a choice, knowing that we would have to someday lay you to rest, to say goodbye […]

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Heart Issues

by Greg Lincoln We all have some sort of heart issue that we are dealing with and living with. These heart issues are different in extremeness, intensity, and type since we are all different individuals. […]

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The season of remembrance

by Greg Lincoln With the changing season comes reminders, small cues that trigger memory, those vast annals of things of the past. The air, the way the grass is colored, the way the sun and […]

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Our success is your success

by Greg Lincoln Last Wednesday we were honored to accept the Association of Village Council Presidents Small Business Award. That is a great honor and a humbling gift. What can we give in return for […]

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In memoriae

by Greg Lincoln Dear friends, today marks exactly one year to the day, the day our precious daughter, our beautiful, loving, kind, adventurous child ceased to walk upon this earth as you and I are […]

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One day at a time

by Greg Lincoln Transitioning due to new changes can sometimes be hard, especially if you are a parent, and those changes include when it comes time for your children to fly the coop. When one […]

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Thank You

by Greg Lincoln Today we celebrated the wedding of our son Mack to his beautiful bride Kaitlin. Our hearts are so full of love for the both of you and the happiness in your faces […]

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A day of happiness

by Greg Lincoln To all, we are very pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of our son Mack to his bride-to-be Kaitlin Andrew. They will be wedded in holy matrimony on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 […]

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A Familiar Place

by Greg Lincoln This past weekend we took a trip back to our roots, to our home village of Toksook Bay. This trip was everything we wanted it to be: familiar, homey, comforting, relaxing, therapeutic. […]

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Living with hope

by Greg Lincoln Each day we have tasks that must be completed and there are things that we must do to keep things moving, things that need to be done. I have found that every […]

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Seeking patience

by Greg Lincoln We must have the patience of Job. When someone is in deep grief and mourning, it is our task if we so desire to help, to support them through their suffering. I […]

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Life goes on

by Greg Lincoln It is the strangest thing. When we who are so destined by fate to be the ones to bear the loss of a beloved one, the world continues to revolve around the […]

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The calm before the storm

by Greg Lincoln The things that we do while we are grieving are really for us, for our own healing of the mind and heart. We believe with all our being that we are doing […]

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Lessons and knowledge

by Greg Lincoln What can we learn from grief? It is ever-present, shrouded underneath that outer shell. That shell is sometimes as thick as armor during the day but when we are alone, off it […]

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Believing and hope go together

by Greg Lincoln Friends, is there wisdom in grieving? Yes, it is your natural response when you lose someone that is meaningful, significant, and your whole life is intertwined with them that you love so […]

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Sending your thoughts

by Greg Lincoln This past week has been memorable. Firstly, thank you for your nomination for the Calista Shareholders Business of the Year award. We had prepared a short statement to be read at the […]

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Courage

by Greg Lincoln When someone you love passes on, sometimes it is hard to separate yourself from the belongings of your loved one. You may feel like you want to keep them forever and protect […]

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A simple gift

by Greg Lincoln There is so much to do, and so little time. A person who is bereaved can either go two ways. One way is to go through the grieving process, the acute grief, […]

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Grief intervention

by Greg Lincoln Last week we talked about how it is like to visit places once loved by those who have passed on. The memories are still there and they always will be. Visiting those […]

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Cherished memories

by Greg Lincoln Our backyard has been full of our little wild Alaskan songbirds visiting our birdfeeders. Their sweet singing, chirping, and occasional squabbles make us smile. So far we’ve been visited by black-capped chickadees, […]

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Memorial Day remembrances

by Greg Lincoln This Memorial Day we gathered together as a community to honor the Alaska Territorial Guardsmen who protected our land from enemy invasion during World War II. The solemnity and sincerity of the […]

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A Special Day

by Greg Lincoln Today is your birthday. We miss you every minute, every second of our waking moments. You are constantly in our thoughts, in our minds, in our hearts. Our love for you will […]

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The company of friends

by Greg Lincoln Each spring we look forward to the Native Youth Olympics games and this past weekend we attended the State NYO games in Anchorage where we saw many of our great student athletes […]

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Complicated grief

by Greg Lincoln Last week we talked a little about our elders. Since then, we have had other thoughts that we would like to include. As an elder grieves, we think of the many times […]

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Elder Wisdom

by Greg Lincoln There are many stages of life. How does grief affect the elderly? We have elders among us and in our families that we love and cherish. How do they deal with bereavement? […]

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Thoughts of our loved one

by Greg Lincoln It has been hard to find sleep these days and when it is found, it only seems like a brief moment, not quite enough to feel well rested and ready to take […]

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Release your negative energy

by Greg Lincoln We have not talked about anger, it is a sensitive subject because it is hard to talk about without feeling sad, it causes the absence of being happy or content. Everyone has […]

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The beauty of our land

by Greg Lincoln We are so in love with this land that we live on. The beauty of the tundra, the rivers and the ocean is beyond words. I like to think that when our […]

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Find your sanctuary

by Greg Lincoln This past weekend we went to the State 1A basketball finals in Anchorage. It is the biggest tournament for small schools and teams from all over Alaska are there. It is different […]

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Compassion and empathy

by Greg Lincoln What is the meaning of compassion and empathy? Empathy is the ability to feel and understand what another person is going through. Compassion is to suffer together. These kinds of words and […]

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A special place

by Greg Lincoln Friends, a while back we wrote about visiting the resting place of our beloved as we, who still walk this earth, ourselves await that happy day when we will all be together […]

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There is strength in numbers

by Greg Lincoln Bereaved parents may feel an overpowering sense or feeling to protect their other children. It is like a heightened parental reflex or response after the loss of a beloved child. Why? Because […]

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A new year is dawning

by Greg Lincoln Hello with warm Christmas and New Year greetings to you all. This issue of the Delta Discovery marks the end of another great year of publishing our newspaper. We thank the Lord […]

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Loving, needing, healing

by Greg Lincoln One thing that we have always enjoyed going to is the basketball tournament that is hosted here in Bethel each year for our villages. It features our hometeams and we get to […]

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Life after loss

by Greg Lincoln Quyana for sharing your strength and happiness with us. How? When you show us your joy through your smiles, that happiness spreads like osmosis to us, filling us with something other than […]

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Yearning for peace

by Greg Lincoln How nice it is to be in the company of friends. That feeling of trust and love is like a balm for our pain-weary minds, quyana for your thoughts of kindness, your […]

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To grieve with hope

by Greg Lincoln Dear friends and readers, quyana for your encouragement to our family while we continue on week after week after the devastating loss of our precious child. You are always on our minds […]

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Echoes of grief

by Greg Lincoln People are resilient. What makes them so strong? For one thing, it is their strong faith. We have seen that in you. Please keep holding on to that faith as we journey […]

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The power of a kind word

by Greg Lincoln Grief experts who have studied the loss of a child have attempted to put into words and even stages what we are experiencing and they have many different explanations. As we continue […]

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Grief triggers

by Greg Lincoln I thank you dear friends for allowing us to express our deepest feelings as we mourn the loss of our beautiful daughter. Each day that comes has had its difficulties. When we look […]

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The comfort of children

by Greg Lincoln It makes our hearts flutter with gladness when we hear our children laughing during these days as we struggle to survive after the loss of our beloved dearest one. This laughter comes […]

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Visiting our loved one

by Greg Lincoln Neighbors and friends, we are so privileged to call you our friends. Your presence in our lives has uplifted and eased much of our suffering, thank you. Thank you so much for […]

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Love them by the way you live

by Greg Lincoln In every person that we meet we have found different expressions of loving kindness and compassion. Do you know how much that means to us? It means the world to us, thank […]

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Cherish your loved ones

by Greg Lincoln Foremost, we thank you for your friendship and comfort to our family. Quyana to our Bethel family and others near and far for your care and kindness and for not forgetting our […]