“There is one in every family” is a great lie. Sometimes there are many; sometimes it may be each member of the family.
Let them go. It is most definitely okay. One’s own mind, spirit, and body will cleanse itself of their toxicity. It is even possible to erase them entirely or learn to remember one single good thing about them. Fuck the blood connection; fuck the history. It is okay.
This last paragraph in your piece is the most powerful paragraph I have read today. Thank you.