Definitions for "Next of kin"
The closest living relative of someone who died. It is decided by degree of kinship.
The person(s) most closely related to a deceased individual as designated by applicable law such as the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
A relative entitled to a share of the personal property of a person who died without a valid will.
Individual authorized as a primary point of contact for an individual. May participate in decision making regarding medical treatment and/or disposition of remains.