There’s no wrong way to grieve. Some people take longer to process trauma and loss than others, and some need more help than others.
For all of the forms that grieving can take, there are just as many tools to help the healing process. Some benefit from including crystals, since there are many stones whose energy is useful for resolving trauma, coping with loss, and healing from grief.
Here are some of the best crystals and stones that can help with with grief, loss and trauma:
Amethyst is considered a wonderful stone for anxiety, helping to produce feelings of calm amidst the chaos. While its calming energy isn’t likely to help heal grief on its own, it can be a tremendous help when stress and fear impede the healing process.
It relaxes the mind, allowing the user to focus on processing their trauma and surviving the grieving process. Keep large specimens in the home to promote a calm atmosphere.
When out and about, wear it as jewelry or carry it as a pocket stone so you can benefit from its relaxing energy throughout the day.
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See article: Amethyst: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
2. Black tourmaline
This is best known as a cleansing and protective stone, and these properties can be extremely useful during the healing process. After trauma, people are often emotionally and spiritually raw — black tourmaline helps keep negative energy away, allowing the user to stay calm and heal.
Keep this stone near the front door and any other points of entry to a home. You can also wear it as jewelry, or keep it as a pocket stone.
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Howlite is good at “pulling” unpleasant emotions out of the user. This is a helpful stone for people who become too activated to try to desensitize themselves to emotional triggers. It allows the user to take a different view of their feelings and experiences, processing them without reacting in an unhelpful fashion.
Use this stone as a meditation tool to help work through traumatic experiences, or as a pocket stone to help calm anger or sadness in the moment.
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See article: Howlite: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Jet is actually fossilized plant matter, and, during the Victorian era, was a popular choice for mourning jewelry. You can still find some beautiful pieces in antique stores, though the art of making mourning jewelry has fallen out of fashion.
Nonetheless, you don’t need a fancy piece of jewelry to aid the grieving process — a simple tumbled stone will do. Jet works by enhancing our awareness of cycles, and reminding us that all things, even life and death, are cyclical.
Wear it as jewelry, or keep it as a pocket stone for small, comforting reminders throughout the day.
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5. Lapis lazuli
Lapis lazuli is a stone of truth and communication. It helps uncover buried feelings and memories, dragging them into the light where they can be properly dealt with. This makes it helpful for those who are coping with a long-term trauma response, memories repressed from childhood, and similar situations.
It might be best to use this stone as a meditation tool instead of a pocket stone, since uncovering buried emotions and memories can be a very emotional process.
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See article: Lapis Lazuli: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Lepidolite is a natural emotion balancer. It helps the user keep an even keel, balancing out anxiety, depression, and trauma responses. This makes it a useful tool for getting through daily life in the midst of grief.
While healing the trauma of loss is important, it’s also important to continue to function. Carry this stone as a pocket stone, so you can reach for it when you feel you need some support.
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See article: Lepidolite: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Obsidian has a deep, cleansing energy that can be extremely helpful for those suffering from long-term trauma. This can be a bit much for people who are actively going through the grieving process after a recent loss, so they may wish to use Apache tears instead — a form of obsidian that’s often perceived as a bit gentler.
Both regular obsidian and Apache tears helps protect the user from negative energy. Use them as meditation tools to heal from deep emotional wounds, or carry for when you need protection and some supportive energy.
See also: Check out Obsidian stones here.
Opal is a very transformative stone. Fire opals can help the user move forward, instead of trying to hold onto a past that no longer exists. Pink opals are useful for pushing through the denial stage of grief.
Both of them are very useful for ensuring that the user progresses through the grieving process, instead of remaining mired in place. They’re most helpful when they’re always around, to keep the user focused on the future. Wear them as jewelry, near the heart area.
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See article: Opal: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
9. Pink calcite
This form of calcite is a beautiful stone for healing the heart. It helps bring repressed emotions to the surface where healing can begin, and allows us to reconnect to the supportive spirits that are always around us.
It allows the user to process their emotions so they can respond, not just react. Since surfacing emotions can be a very taxing, difficult process, this is best used as a meditation tool.
See also: Check out Pink Calcite crystals here.
This stone is another powerful healer for the heart. It fosters compassion for others and ourselves, which can be an enormous help for dealing with childhood trauma. It’s also useful for helping us to love again after loss.
Wear this stone as jewelry, or meditate with it near the heart area.
See also: Check out Rhodochrosite stones here.
11. Rose quartz
Grief is a response to many different forms of loss. Whether you’ve lost a loved one through death, or simply through the end of a relationship, this can make it difficult to feel love again.
Rose quartz is an excellent stone for healing emotions and fostering all forms of love, from the romantic to the familial. It’s best worn as jewelry or carried in a pocket or pouch, near the heart area.
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See article: Rose Quartz: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
12. Smoky quartz
Smoky quartz is a wonderful stone for cleansing negativity. It’s also very grounding. This isn’t to say that grief is a bad thing that needs to be cleansed — far from it. However, these strong emotions can sometimes keep us mired and prevent us from usefully processing our trauma.
Smoky quartz helps the user stop ruminating, connects them to the here and now, and clears negative energy. Keep it as a pocket stone so you can reach for it easily when it’s needed.
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See article: Smoky Quartz: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
Sunstone is a crystal of positivity and warm, sunny energy. Sometimes, grief can feel like a long, dark tunnel. This stone helps us see the light and feel the warmth of the sun again.
It helps strengthen the user both physically and emotionally, allowing optimism and joy to return again. Wear or carry it to constantly feel its sunny energy.
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See article: Sunstone: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.
No two people grieve the same way. Some meet theirs with firm denial or bargaining. Others may rush through the first stages of grief, only to become stuck in place before they can move on.
No matter what stage of grief a person is experiencing, or how they’re experiencing it, there’s a crystal with an energy that can help guide them through the process.
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