United States
"Social Security Survivor Benefits"

What is Social Security Survivor Benefits ?

The Social Security Administration offers “Survivor’s Benefits” for certain individuals, to help reduce the financial impact of a worker’s death on their family.

How Does Social Security Survivor Benefits Works ?

Your spouse or dependents may qualify for survivor benefits in the case of your passing if you are eligible to receive Social Security payments upon retirement.

Who is Eligible for Survivor Benefits ?

If you pass away, your family can be eligible for benefits. Widows, widowers, minor children, and dependent parents of the deceased are all eligible for social security survivor benefits.


How to Calculate Survivor Benefits ?

Your age at death will determine how many credits are required to give benefits for your survivors. For someone to be eligible for any Social Security benefit, no more than 40 credits are required.

How Much is Survivor Benefits ?

Your average lifetime income determines how much benefits your family might be eligible for. Benefits can also differ depending on the survivor's relationship to the deceased and their starting age.

Special Lump-Sum Death Payment

If they satisfy specific criteria, only the widow, widower or child of a Social Security beneficiary can collect the $255 death benefit, also known as a lump-sum death payment.

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How to Apply for Social Security Survivor Benefits ?

Benefits for survivors cannot be applied for online. But you can also make an appointment and apply in person at your local Social Security office.