Greg Wise says late sister Clare comes to him in his dreams

Greg Wise says late sister Clare comes to him in his dreams
Greg Wise says late sister Clare comes to him in his dreams

Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Wise claimed his late sister still visits him in his dreams as he marked the launch of National Grief Awareness week by urging the British public to be more open with their feelings.

The husband of Oscar-winning actress Dame Emma Thompson raised awareness of the fundraising initiative - which aids 800 support services across the United Kingdom - during an appearance on Thursday's edition of Lorraine. 

And Greg, 55, admitted the country was hampered by a widespread reluctance to express raw emotion with others following the loss of a loved one. 

Emotional: Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Wise claimed his late sister still visits him in his dreams as he marked the launch of National Grief Awareness week on Thursday

Emotional: Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Wise claimed his late sister still visits him in his dreams as he marked the launch of National Grief Awareness week on Thursday 

He said: 'We are terrible in this country talking about grief and about being able to go friends who are grieving and help them and actually, all we need is a little bit of warmth, a little bit of support, a little bit of love and what this week is about is spreading some warmth.'  

The actor spoke from experience after watching his beloved older sister Clare, a film industry executive, lose her battle with cancer in 2016 at the age of 51. 

Greg eventually turned the candid blog she wrote about her fight against breast and bone cancer into a book, titled Not That Kind of Love.

Devastating: The actor saw his beloved older sister Clare, a film industry executive, lose her battle with cancer in 2016 at the age of 51

Devastating: The actor saw his beloved older sister Clare, a film industry executive, lose her battle with cancer in 2016 at the age of 51 

The actor later paid a moving tribute to Clare on Strictly Come Dancing in October by dedicating his final dance to her memory. 

He said: ' [Grief] affects everyone in different ways - it lasts a different amount of time. All I say to everyone is the grief you feel equals the love you felt. It’s that clear, because the universe is balanced. 

'So the wonderful joy and love has to be balanced by the great great pain and the space that has been ripped out of you by this person dying.' 

A good cause: The husband of Oscar-winning actress Dame Emma Thompson spoke grief about coping mechanisms during an appearance on Thursday's edition of Lorraine

A good cause: The husband of Oscar-winning actress Dame Emma Thompson spoke grief about coping mechanisms during an appearance on Thursday's edition of Lorraine

He added: 'My sister died five years ago. I

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