Dependents are people who rely on another person for financial, medical, and other types of support.

Typically, dependents are minor children and are dependents of their parents as legal guardians, but can be spouses or parents who require the support of another person due to their age, disability, or other circumstances.

After a death, it's important to ensure that dependents are taken care of, especially if the deceased was a primary caretaker.

Because of their relationship to the deceased, it's also possible that dependents be eligible for reimbursements from various Death Benefit programs.