Social Security Benefits

When a family member passes, the deceased’s family member may be eligible to Social Security benefits. You should contact Social Security as soon as possible to ensure that the family receives any benefits to which it s entitled. The Social Security Administration is tidied of the death by our local health department as soon as death certificate is filed by the funeral home. Your will need to furnish funeral director with the deceased’s social security number so he or she can make the report.

The deceased’s family members may be able to receive social security benefits if the deceased person worked long enough under social security to qualify for benefits.

A one-time payment of $255.00 can be paid to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the deceased; or, if living part, was receiving certain Social Security benefits on the deceased’s record. If there is no surviving spouse, the payment is made t a child who s eligible for benefits on the deceased’s record in the month of death.

Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits, including:

• A widow or widower age 60 or older (age 50 or older if disabled)
• A surviving spouse at any age who is caring for the deceased who is caring for the deceased’s child under age 16 or disabled
• An unmarried child of the deceased who is: younger than 18 (or age 18 or 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school; or age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22
• Parents, age 62 or older, who were dependent on the deceased for at least half of their support
• A surviving divorced spouse, under certain circumstances.

For more information about how Social Security can help you when a family member dies, or for information about all of Social Security’s programs, you may contact them through their website – – or call 1-800-772-1213.

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