I have never had much of a family since the age of 11. I fended for self and my sibling sister from that age. So 'close' family is pretty alien to me. No children of my own. I do have mum left (never been close since she left us at the said age. She now resides in abroad. My dad was killed in an RTA, my step-dad of 21 years had a heart attack in Jan this year. I do have distant cousins & aunts, a nan & granddad, but none close...& what used to be 'close' friends...are slowly slipping away, part me & illness, & part everything changes, and is impermanent. ......& so it continues.............!