Is there a single word that refers to the idea that a spirit may persist after death and follow a person around without any negative connotations?

Some possible answers and why I think they may be unsatisfactory:

  • To haunt seems to imply a malicious intent.
  • To be in somebody's heart doesn't really imply an actual spiritual presence; it seems to imply memory of a person.
  • To watch over somebody seems to indicate that the spirit is much more removed from the situation.
  • To shadow somebody might still have negative connotations.

Also, I was hoping for a single verb if that exists. Thanks in advance!

  • FWIW... you could use "visited" as in, "I'm constantly visited by my late wife" – MegaMark Mar 8 '16 at 17:55
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    It's a preposition but with might work. I will always be with you, even after death. – CDM Mar 8 '16 at 17:59
  • Perhaps what you are looking for is the concept of a familiar? – Jesse M Mar 8 '16 at 18:07
  • Disagree with your analysis of "watch over"; it's common to hear "watched over by a guardian angel", which implies you've been the benefited by divine intervention. Also, an example sentence would really help narrow in the choices. – Patrick M Mar 8 '16 at 18:21

How about indwell?

1. be permanently present in (someone's soul or mind); possess spiritually.

It implies more of a union than accompaniment, however. Might not be quite what you want.

  • This isn't quite what I was hoping, but it certainly is helpful. – Matt Mar 8 '16 at 22:04

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