Canadians Marike Finlay and her partner Karin Cope "adopted" their elder friend Elisabeth Bigras and brought her into their family. Finlay and Cope were professors at McGill University, where Finlay met Bigras through Bigras’ late husband, Julien. When he died, the women became closer friends, going on sailing trips that took them along Canada’s East Coast. Those trips prompted Finlay and Cope to move to the coast and invite Bigras along. She said yes, and 20 years later, she has never regretted the decision. As Bigras has gotten older, Finlay thinks their choice to "adopt" her has given her the support she needs and kept their friendship strong. “If Elisabeth weren’t with us now, she would have to be in assisted living,” Finlay said.

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