Social Security Death Benefit

The Social Security death benefit is monetary assistance given to the Surviving Family of a deceased person who had paid into Social Security prior to their death.

Pending circumstances of the family, this can be a one-time payment or monthly payments over the course of many years.

After the death of a loved one, Social Security provides several types of death benefits, including:

Survivor Benefits: Social Security provides benefits to the surviving spouses, children, and in some cases, dependent parents of a deceased worker who was eligible to receive Social Security. These benefits can help provide financial support to the surviving family members after the death of the worker.

Lump-Sum Death Benefit: Upon the death of a worker who was eligible for Social Security, a one-time Lump-Sum death benefit may be payable to the surviving spouse or dependent children. The amount of the death benefit is intended to help with Funeral expenses or immediate financial needs after the death of the worker.

Eligibility for Social Security death benefits and the specific rules governing benefits can vary, so it's essential to understand the program's guidelines and consult with the Social Security Administration or a knowledgeable advisor for individual circumstances.

To learn more, call the SSA at (800) 772-1213, Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 5:30pm EST. They will provide application documents, determine eligibility and help facilitate timely benefit payment.