Your family business is likely more than one thing. It could be a mainstay of your family throughout generations, a source of income and employment, a place of fulfillment for multiple family members and more.
Owning a small business is an emotional experience. The blood, sweat and tears you put into keeping your company afloat over an entire career create a bond that can make letting go difficult. If you are looking to pass on the business to the next generation, there are added emotions: Is my child ready to run this on their own? Have I properly prepared them for ownership?