I have been thinking a lot about being adopted into a family, growing up and spending family time with your aunts, uncles, cousins, and what happens after both your parents are gone.
Are you still considered family by those same family members you always interacted with?
Are you treated like one of them for life or do they start distancing themselves like they would for an ex?
Does it change and in reality you are only family as long as your parents are still alive?
What is the reality?