When it comes to dating, things are never as easy as they should be.
Susan Elliott has gone through her fair share of love and loss.
As an author and certified grief counselor based in New York, Elliott has survived a "devastating" divorce, overcome abuse, and lost the love of her life to brain cancer.
However, this is usually not a good idea after the end of a serious relationship.
No matter what the cause or the circumstances, a relationship ended. Maybe you really just a want a companion to travel or have dinner with or go dancing or just hang out — with benefits or not?
If you do what you've always done, then you'll get what you've always gotten.