be with somebody in spirit

be with (one) in spirit

A phrase used to convey that there is a sense of connection in spite of someone's physical absence. I know you're sad that grandma can't be here, but she's with you in spirit.
See also: spirit

be with somebody in ˈspirit

be thinking of somebody who is in another place because you would like to be with them but cannot be: I’m afraid I can’t come to the wedding, but I’ll be with you in spirit.
See also: somebody, spirit