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Social Security Benefits

The funeral home will notify Social Security of your loved one's passing then they will reach out to you in the following weeks to discuss future benefits.

The following is a general guideline provided by the Social Security Administration. 


Eligibility

The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1 1/2 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death. Who may receive monthly benefits:

 

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled), or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled

  • A divorced widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) if the marriage lasted 10 years, or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled

  • Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full- time)

  • Children who were disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remained disabled

  • Dependent parent or parents 62 or older

 

Lump-Sum Death Payment

A one time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described above in the following priority order:

 

  • A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death

  • A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death

  • A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death

 

 

 

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