"Family... a group of persons who form a household" This is how a dictionary might define 'family'.
For me, it was more of a support group -- helping me to adjust to the isolation and disassociation I felt.

This was my "family" in 1966.

Deceased 1972              RIP, Rick

Philip (Phil) Crowell

This is my salute to you guys -- wherever you may be.

Gerald (Gerry) Sachs

William (Bill) Howe