ForeverMissed
We have all lost someone incredibly special; though we feel sadness from this loss, there is an equal amount of love, humor, joy, wisdom, and playfulness that still remain in our memories and in our being. 

As much as we all want to gather and celebrate the amazing life that Greg shared with us, the current limitations will not make a gathering possible (for now). In the meantime, please post photos, write a message, or upload a song that reminds you of Greg. 

Our memories are plentiful. Please share. 
Posted by Reba Epting on May 28, 2020
I am so very sad. I just herd about Dr. Long for I live in Az.
I am so very sad. He and Wendy was very dear to me.
I had been going to him for 3 years. He was so good at what he did and such a caring person. He is going to be dearly missed. RIP
Posted by Colin Glueckert on May 3, 2020
Had serious medical complications I ended up at enloe and I kept going off about my doc passing and. A visitor says was your Dr Dr Long? I started balling didn’t help my current state but you are shown everywhere I go my friend. I will never forget your firm words Enloe will kill you. I got up and left because they had no compassion or care like you Doc they left me in the waiting room for 5 hours I get why you didn’t agree with their practicing so Much love to all the Long kids, Your Dad was one of the most genuine souls I have met in my journey, he is a rare breed and I think that’s why we enjoyed talking. One love Doc ,Wendy and The Long Kids. 
Posted by Travis Crockett on April 27, 2020
So sorry to hear about "Doc" as I knew him. He was a great listener and extremely understanding individual. Wendy, if you need someone to B.S. with, vent to, or just need a hug, please reach out to me. R.I.P. Dr. Long.
Posted by Aaron Bromberg on April 22, 2020
Greg, it’s been a long time since we shook our bones at a panic show. I will miss you, buddy. Next time I make it to see the boys jam, I’ll make sure to shake one out for you. “Kiss the mountain air we breathe. Goodbye, it’s time to fly.”
Posted by Dorian Olio on April 18, 2020
Thanks for your kindness all these years, Wendy. Condolences to you and all of Greg's friends and family.

I'm still in denial about Greg's passing, but I'm truly blessed to have had the time I did to get to know such a wonderful human being.

Someone recently shared with me a quote by Greg: "Always take the next best-indicated step".

Brilliant.

I'm going to frame that :-)

Miss you so much, Dr. Long. 

Until I see you again,

Dorian

Posted by Amy Brimm Miller on April 9, 2020
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY DR LONG IM STILL HAVING A HARD TIME WRAPPING MY HEAD AROUND YOU NOT BEING HERE BUT I KNOW YOU'LL WATCH OVER ME TO I HOPE YOU MEET MY SON & BROTHER IN HEAVEN I KNOW ILL SEE U SOON WITH MY GIFTS UNTIL THEN ONE DAY AT A TIME FOR ME FLY HIGH DOC MISS YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY♾❤ xoxo Amy
Posted by Anna Marie Meehan on April 8, 2020
Happy Birthday Dr. Long!

Happy 60th!

RIP.

-Anna
Posted by Patty Krause on April 8, 2020
So sad for all who knew Dr. Long. He will be greatly missed. Wendy, girl, I'm here for you.
Posted by Anna Marie Meehan on April 6, 2020
Dr. Long was a kind doctor who challenged me to speak my truth. I truly appreciate him & I miss him already.

Much love,
Anna
Posted by Julia Flanagan on April 3, 2020
My favorite memory of Mr. Long (I don’t think I ever addressed him as Greg) was the day we spent rappelling off of a giant rock in the Sugarloaf area of California. It was an adventure that he had organized for himself, his kids, and any friends that they wanted to bring. Mr. Long made sure that all of us were dressed in the proper clothes and had plenty of water because of course, you need to be really safe while you’re out doing really dangerous things. We spent a couple hours hiking up a mountain, then we spent an hour going over safety and rappelling and the gear that was going to be saving our lives. For some unknown reason I volunteered to go first. Pumped up by our guides and all the adventurous people around me, I jumped off the edge and did a free-fall swing out into open air. On the second or third swing the guides caught me. We watched as each person took their turn, some people hiding their fear, some people screaming as loud as they could, and everyone having the time of their lives.

We followed up this adventure with a giant pile of food at a place where everyone knew the Long family. It was a perfect day, and I can’t help but think of it as a metaphor for Greg as a father. He gave his kids all the tools they needed to succeed. He was creative and adventurous and inspired the best in all of them. It’s no accident that Sierra, Carley, and Cody are such hard-working, independent, loving, caring, and FUN people. His legacy lives on in each of them, and in each of the people he loved.

I have also lost my father, and it’s an experience that rearranged everything I knew and took for granted. It’s a terrible thing to lose someone you love, and it’s even more terrible to lose a parent when everyone has so much life left to live. I wish I had the words to make the grief less big, to take the weight off of you when you wake up in the morning and realize this is still real. I can only recommend that you look for the light and the humor and the love, because it will always be there. I love you all very much.
Posted by Linda Smith on April 3, 2020
I can't imagine the loss to the Long Family. Though Greg and I didn't get to keep in touch often, when we did it was if we talked every week. He was that kind of friend. Please accept my heart felt love and sympathy to you All. He was/is "The Greatest"!
Posted by Bob Foster on April 2, 2020
To all the family I never got to meet. Greg was a very memorable and uplifting guy even as a medical student in West (by God) Virginia. His smile is the same in these pictures as I remember on our campus and it was infectious and reflected love. We will miss him here and I'm sure he impacted many lives on his Journey through this world. I am grateful he touched our lives at WVSOM as he must have everywhere he went. His Journey as a DO was certainly Divinely Orchestrated. His work is now done so take peace in his passing because his footprint is large. Bob Foster, DO
Posted by Michelle Lee on April 1, 2020
Greg was my favorite cousin. Although we did't see each other very often, when we got together, it was like we saw each other a few months ago. I loved that guy and will miss him as much as the rest of you. Go fishing dear one!!!
Posted by Sandra Frost on March 31, 2020
Oh, my darling boy.
The best and finest always leave too soon.....

Mom
Posted by Hugh Brashear on March 31, 2020
Dr Greg Long is a friend of mine. We met in a professional setting and soon were friends. Greg is kind, intelligent, and funny. I will miss him very much. 
Because I'm in a wheelchair Greg came to my home to talk about many things like music, the 60s, and life. He tuned my guitar for me and played a blues song. Greg taught me how to deal with life issues. We spoke of spiritual things.
I am sorry to see him go but happy that he was a part of my life. Carry on my friend and you will always be in my thoughts.
Posted by Matthew Roberts on March 30, 2020
When you've been friends for so long, there are a lot of memories to share. Picking just one is almost impossible, so I'm sharing some of my favorite memories through pictures. While our lives have been busy these past few years and we didn't get to talk as often as we'd liked, we always knew we were there for each other. I now find myself like everyone else, feeling like there's a hole that can't be filled. Until we meet again...
Matthew Roberts aka "Uncle Traveling Matt"
Posted by Asha Caravelli on March 29, 2020
Sierra, Carley, Cody,
This tribute, while for your father, is also very much for you. I know you all know the story of how I came to be in your lives but I will tell it here again, in your dad's honor.
When Carley was 3, she went to a preschool where my 3 yr old son Rocco also attended. Your mom asked me if I wanted to be her friend and thank the fates, I said yes. In the years that followed, my family and your family spent alot alot of time together. The match was great. Sierra and Delani (my first) were the same age. Rocco and Carley were the same age. And then there was Cody (who I hear is a full grown man now but I can't, just can't get the image of Cody the baby out of my heart these days, so I won't try. My heart can only take so much)
So as I became closer to you all, I obviously met your dad. And obviously I adored your dad. I loved coming to your house and did often. And Always always I felt welcome by your dad. I felt like he liked me, he liked my children, he liked my friendship with your mom and in that way that was especially "your dad" he did it in such a genuine, warm, funny, southern charm kind of way. In the only way that your dad could have. He was one of the men who I have always like most on this planet.
He stuck with me, you know. His way of being. Weather he was slow smoking pork for pulled pork sandwiches (god his bbq sauce was good!) or singing "its your birthday, the day you were born" or playing the stock market with monopoly money first before actually investing, or playing guitar and singing Lynard Skynard, or saving my life when I came down with Scarlet Fever (sorry I sacred you guys that day, I know I looked hideous) it didn't really matter, he had a way of being that stayed with you. I really do think it was his Southern upbringing, he had so much hospitality. My sincere condolences to his parents. I am grieving your grief.
As the years passed and all of our lives took the paths that they did, I had conversations with your dad from time to time. We never completely lost touch which I am so grateful for.
The last time we spoke was sometime within the last 12 months although I have to admit, I don't remember exactly when but he called me, out of the blue. We chewed-the-fat for an hour and it was as it had always been with your dad, easy and light.  Its beyond describable that it was our last conversation. Doesn't really matter anyways because it was there, in that last conversation. That "Greg" way of being. His way of being that stays.
I am so so sorry that you lost your dad. I am truly am.
I just want you to know that I felt it from him. The him that only he could be and its rare these days to feel that from people. And its value matches its rarity.
I send my deep and motherly love to each of you. Each of you are so special to me. As are the many memories of those years together.
I will cherish my memories of your dad. He had an immeasurable impact on people. 
Posted by Amy Brimm Miller on March 28, 2020
My heart goes out to wendy and dr long kid and family I have been a patient of dr long for 15 yr off and no but the last 17 month he has really been there for me losing my son and brother he took care of me well I don't just see dr long as my dr but my friend he was always there for me I miss him already so much since I found out of his passing on the 9th all I have done is cry he was truly a caring compassionate loving trusting man he is the one and only I ever opened up to about ever I love everything about him u are missed by many I will be praying for wendy and his family idk how I'm gonna do this without him I'll continue to pray and we will meet again one day wendy just know I love you and dr long u can always message me sending prayers love&light xoxo Amy
Posted by Colin Glueckert on March 28, 2020
So Heartbroken for Wendy, his family . I know I probably was a pain in Greg’s Rear he was always happy to see me at appointments and never seemed phased by anything I could say to him. He called me out on my bullshit he could never be fooled . Even so he still helped when times were hard or like shen the Fire broke out him and Wendy kept close contact to make sure us patients were ok. I remember my first appointment on Flume st. I remember that no matter what I said you never kicked me out of the practice you had a heart of gold.
I still remember my last appointment vividly you truly wanted to see me doing better , you said pray for me. From your most pain in the ass patient, see you on the other side my friend. Thank you sincerely for all
Your help over these past 4 years. Best Dr I’ve ever had in my life never had such a personally caring doctor. You will
Be missed. Rest Easy Friend until
Next time
Posted by Toni Topp on March 28, 2020
Our boys played Little League together and we became friends. We have a lot of great memories, from spending time together. We
were truly saddened by the news of Greg's passing and will be praying for his whole family. Fish all the Heavenly Lakes and Catch the big one.
Love you.
Posted by Claudia Valle on March 27, 2020
Oh my heart on that Monday as I stood outside your office with your favorite coffee drink, and remembering that Wendy had ankle surgery. I called the office to leave a message only to hear what was the most devastating news. Dr. Long, you were not only my favorite psychiatrist to call on; but you were my friend. You always made me laugh and you laughed at my jokes....you were kind and caring and your patients all adored you. My heart is broken my friend. I miss you terribly and I will never forget your stories, your laugh, or the conversations that we had. Lunches in the office with you and Wendy were so much fun. You’ve altered my life in a positive way and I will never forget the kind man that always made time to talk with me. Until I see you again my friend!
Posted by Nicholas LeDuc on March 26, 2020
Don't know what to say. You've always treated me like a son and were always there for me whenever it was needed. Im definitely going to miss hanging on your porch until way too late talking about life. I'll also miss walking into your house and hearing the same line I heard for 20 years in that classic Greg fashion, "You aint right". From all the education on what is the best music, to all the times you laughed when I got shot in paintball (usually by you), Im really going to miss you man.

RIP Brotha
Nick
Posted by Rocky Caravelli on March 24, 2020
Where to start our daughters and sons were child hood friends I didn't even know what Greg did until I needed help myself, Ive had a lot of professionals in my life. Not many people would meet you were you're at, I had so much shame because my kids and how we were supposed to appear all put together. Greg received me in a very troubled time guided me to better places, and in turn got the opportunity to return the favor, We had a Dream of him coming to mexico and working with our clients, we just missed it. He loved what we were doing in Mexico and wanted to be a part it. From me being a client to Him being our Doctor in a field few could understand from a point of view of experience. He was a true human and didn't look down on anyone. Our Kids have all gown up and all are doing pretty well in a troubled world in fact really well, Im very proud of how good they are. They were a little tribe together so many things the Longs brought to our family it was such a blessing. Thank you Greg for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself and got to share with him what happens when people believe in you in spite of the circumstances, In spite of yourself, True character and motivated by love. You'll always have a place in my heart ,you taught me how to help people and give what you have to overcome your own weaknesses and difficulties.
Love you Greg rest well friend.
Posted by Wendy Tice on March 21, 2020
Ohh Huckleberry.......
 Mad Love Always
  For All The Right Reasons
   Lollygirl
Posted by Carsten Zieger on March 20, 2020
It’s not really a loss limited to Gayle and her kids, tough awful and tremendous, and not to be under appreciated. Greg’s death is a loss to all whose lives he touched. He helped heal many souls in despair, and guide them toward greater insight and healthier living. I’ve known Greg for almost 30 years, I’ve seen the ups and downs, the smiles and frowns. Only those closest to him knew the sliver of his own reality that he chose to share. I wish you well, my friend, and hope you are in a better place. Rest In Peace!
Posted by Cliff LeDuc on March 19, 2020
My foxhole buddy, my twin brother of a different mother's trailer park. Too many stories to recount. You were always there. I wish I had said "I love you brother" one more time instead of for the last time. Peace, tight lines, and we'll see you on the other side. 
Maynard.
Posted by Sierra Long on March 19, 2020
I doubt he ever looked at reviews of his private practice on Google, so here is a special one I found to share that I think reflects how a lot of folks felt about him: 

"Dr. Long is the BEST psychiatrist you will ever find. So good that I had to take time out of my day to write him a review. I truly dont know where I would be without him. He listens to you, makes you feel very comforted and welcome, doesn’t rush you and doesn’t JUDGE YOU. I rambled on and on in our appointments for FOREVER and he listened to everything I had to say and never made me feel crazy. I had to move out of state and I was devastated. I loved going to Dr. long. Who can say they love going to their psychiatrist LOL! I sure could!! My biggest stress right now is trying to find a new one in my new state but I have super high standards now thanks to Dr. Long!! He pulled me out of a very very rough time. I literally didn’t think I would make it out. He truly cares about you." - E. L.

Dad, every single patient left a positive review. I hope you never doubted how much you mattered to those you helped.
Posted by Sierra Long on March 19, 2020
I'll say it even when you don't ask "who's the greatest" while tickle torturing me:

"Dad's the Greatest!!"

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Posted by Reba Epting on May 28, 2020
I am so very sad. I just herd about Dr. Long for I live in Az.
I am so very sad. He and Wendy was very dear to me.
I had been going to him for 3 years. He was so good at what he did and such a caring person. He is going to be dearly missed. RIP
Posted by Colin Glueckert on May 3, 2020
Had serious medical complications I ended up at enloe and I kept going off about my doc passing and. A visitor says was your Dr Dr Long? I started balling didn’t help my current state but you are shown everywhere I go my friend. I will never forget your firm words Enloe will kill you. I got up and left because they had no compassion or care like you Doc they left me in the waiting room for 5 hours I get why you didn’t agree with their practicing so Much love to all the Long kids, Your Dad was one of the most genuine souls I have met in my journey, he is a rare breed and I think that’s why we enjoyed talking. One love Doc ,Wendy and The Long Kids. 
Posted by Travis Crockett on April 27, 2020
So sorry to hear about "Doc" as I knew him. He was a great listener and extremely understanding individual. Wendy, if you need someone to B.S. with, vent to, or just need a hug, please reach out to me. R.I.P. Dr. Long.
Recent stories

"I don't even like cats"

Shared by Sierra Long on March 18, 2020
Dad liked to pretend that he was a tough and detached guy, but we all knew that underneath that mask was one very squishy, sensitive, tender hearted man.

For a brief moment Dad and I lived as roommates in a small cabin in Cedar Ridge CA. The cabin was set back in the woods, far from any other home. One day Dad noticed a frail orange and white cat creeping on the back deck; it skittered away before he could get near it. Without telling me, he left some food out on the deck the next day in hopes of luring the cat in. By nightfall the food had been taken. Over the next several days, there were more sightings of the cat, which excited me but seemed to irritate Dad. "He's gonna come back looking for food and piss all over everything" was the usual remark. Well, the cat did come back, each time coming just a bit closer to door. Why? because Dad was feeding him in secret! As the cat hung around for longer periods of time, we could see that he was emaciated, hair ratted, and clearly abandoned. Dad could no longer resist his compulsion to care for this little orange cat; soon, bowls of milk and cans of tuna were set for a full on gourmet cat food extravaganza. In full Dad fashion, he would curse the cat for being so skiddish and clingy while simultaneously promoting his return by delivering more food. Eventually, the cat received a name - "Mao" - simply because that was the sound he made repeatedly. It wasn't a surprise when Mao progressed to making it into the house and allowing Dad to pet him. Still, Dad would complain about Mao - "that thing won't shut up!" "He's gonna shred the couch" "I don't even like cats"...

I walked through the door after work one day to find Dad half asleep on the couch with Mao sprawled over his chest, purring while Dad stroked him. I tried to remain silent so I could snap a photo of Dad in the act of openly loving this adopted cat, but when he noticed I was there, suddenly sat up, brushed the cat off and said "I don't really like him, he just started doing that..."

Sure, Dad. Deny it all you want, but you are one giant force of love, compassion, and empathy that more than one shabby old orange cat can recognize.