Social Security Administration

Social Security Benefits

Some of the deceased’s family members may be able to receive Social Security benefits if the deceased person worked long enough under Social Security to qualify. You should get in touch with Social Security as soon as you can to make sure the family receives all of the benefits to which it may be entitled.

For example, a surviving spouse may be entitled to receive the deceased’s FULL social security benefit. Also, a one-time payment of $255 can be paid to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the deceased.  If there is no surviving spouse, the payment is made to a child who is eligible for benefits on the deceased’s record in the month of death.

The Social Security website is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security’s programs. Click this link to access Social Security On-Line Services.

In addition to using the Social Security website, you can call them toll-free at 800-772-1213. Staff can answer specific questions from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They can also provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call the TTY number at 800-325-0778.

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