Message from Social Security
funeral director is helping the Social Security office
by giving you this information about Social Security benefits.
If the deceased was receiving benefits, you need to contact
us to report the death. If you think you may be eligible
for survivors benefits, you should contact us to apply.
Social Security helps families
Security survivors benefits help ease the financial burden
that follows a worker's death. Almost all children under
age 18 will get monthly benefits if a working parent dies.
Other family members may be eligible for benefits, too.
Anyone who has worked and paid Social Security (FICA) taxes
has been earning Social Security benefits for his or her
family. The amount of work needed to pay survivors benefits
depends on the worker's age at the time of death. It may
be as little as 1-1/2 years for a young worker. No one
needs more than 10 years.
can get survivors benefits?
is a list of family members who usually can get benefits:
and widowers age 60 or older.
and widowers at any age if caring for the deceased
s children who are under age 16 or disabled.
wives and husbands age 60 or older, if married to the
deceased 10 years or more.
Widowers, Divorced wives and divorced husbands age
50 or older, if they are disabled.
up to age 18.
age 18 19, if the attend elementary or high school
over age 18, if they become disabled before age 22.
deceased worker s parents age 62 or older,if they were
being supported by the worker.
special one-time payment
addition to the monthly benefits for family members, a
one-time payment of $255 can be paid to a spouse who was
living with the worker at the time of death. If there is
none, it can be paid to:
spouse who is eligible for benefits.
child or children eligible for benefits.
payment cannot be made if there is no eligible spouse
to apply for benefits
can apply for benefits by telephone or by going to any
Social Security office.
may need some of the documents shown on the list below.
But don t delay your application because you don t have
all the information. If you don t have a document you need,
Social Security can help you get it.
Social Security number and the deceased worker s Social
death certificate. (Generally, the funeral director
provides a statement that can be used for this purpose.
of the deceased worker s earnings for last year (W-2
forms or self-employment tax return).
marriage certificate, if you are applying for benefits
as a widow, widower, divorced wife, or divorced husband.
divorce decree, if you are applying for benefits as
a divorced wife or husband.
s birth certificates and Social Security numbers, if
applying for children s benefits.
checking or savings account information, if you want
direct deposit of your benefits.
will need to submit original documents or copies certified
by the issuing office.
can mail or bring them to the office. Social Security will
make photocopies and return your documents.
Security Income (SSI)
you are 65 or older, disabled, or blind, ask the Social
Security representative about supplemental security Income
(SSI) checks for people with limited income and resources.
If you receive SSI, you may also qualify for Medicaid,
food stamps, and other social services.
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more information, write or visit any Social Security office,
or phone the toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. You can
speak to a representative weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, any
checks which arrive after death will need to be returned
to the Social Security office. If Social Security checks
were being directly deposited into a bank account, the
bank needs to be notified of the death, too.