@clintflint - It actually annoys me how difficult it seems to be to keep extended families together, particularly once the grandparents pass on. We used to have a really close extended family and we would all get together a few times a year for holidays, even though we lived on different sides of the country.
Now, even brothers and sisters who live in the same city rarely seem to see each other. My mother gets quite sad about it all, because she only ever hears from her family when there is a wedding or a funeral.
There are some cousins I've never even met at this point. But I guess every family has to dissolve sometime, or we would all still consider ourselves family to half the world.