"Family relations were the most important stabilizing element in early Irish society. Irish law recognized kindred obligations that extended through four generations..."
Families can be unstable, of course. They can provide stress, and often emotions run high in families. So it is with mine. But my family also grounds me. Who knows me better besides God?
But really, that's not a bad thing. When do you need each other more than during a time of grief.
Hug, write notes, make phone calls, pay a visit. You'll be glad you did, trust me.