Posted by R. Berg on January 10, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Immediate family? posted by Bookworm on January 10, 2003
: : Immediate family - I read the online obits from my hometown every day. (To see if friends and enemies have passed on.) Home is in West Virginia. In today's batch the phrase "He was the last of his immediate family" was used but then surviving children and grandchildren were listed.
: : By "immediate family" they were meaning a person's parents and siblings. The family one is born into.
: : To me "immediate family" means "nuclear family" and it changes. A child's immediate family is parents and brothers & sisters. When a child grows up and marries, his immediate family is his wife and children. It's the people closest to you - next-of-kin. The people you list under "In case of emergency, contact.."
: : How do you all interpret "immediate family"?
: I'm no expert, but I do agree with the obituary writer. Immediate family is the family into which one is born. It doesn't change with marital status.
I'm no expert either, but the dictionary definitions of "immediate" and "family" support ESC's interpretation. Immediate family includes everyone who is not separated from oneself by another person "in between" in the kinship diagram.