Speaking with Reverend Richard Coles about his upcoming Channel 4 documentary on grief, the 47-year-old host revealed he was completely "shocked" as he struggled to come to terms with the death.
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He explained: "I lost a very close friend recently, a really big shock, out of the blue. And it was another friend that said grief is a bit like a wave - it hits you suddenly and then it dissipates and then suddenly, randomly it comes back out of nowhere and it hits you again."
Ben added: "That's certainly something that I've experienced. There will be a little moment when all of a sudden I'm floored when a picture comes up or a tune comes on the radio that reminds me of my friend that we lost so dramatically and I'm back and I'm stuck in that grief."
Co-host Kate Garraway then asked the reverend: "Do you still feel that with your loss?" To which, he replied: "Yeah, I mean, at first what you think is this is something you want to get over, as if it's a cold."
Ben with Kate on Friday's GMB
His partner, David, died aged 42 in December 2019. Speaking to The Guardian a few months after the death, Richard spoke candidly about dealing with the loss, and how people have rushed to help him.
He shared: "After David died, there was a woman at the hospital who had been widowed, too. She said, 'You're going to be mad, for a while. People will never be as nice to you again as they are now, so milk it for all you can.'"
He added: "I've had to subtract David from the future and that has taken all the future with it. It’s a bit blank. I think: 'What the [expletive] am I going to do?' Play the accordion and go to bed at ten past six, I guess. Of course, it's not the end of my life. But it feels like it's over sometimes."
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