Many families may not be aware that Social Security can provide death benefits to survivors of eligible workers. You and your family may be eligible for survivor benefits based on the earnings of a worker who has passed away. The loved one must have worked long enough to qualify for benefits.
We will work to notify Social Security that a death has occurred as part of our process to file and return a death certificate at no cost to the family. However, the eligible survivors will need to contact Social Security directly to check eligibility for survivor benefits. To learn more, please visit Social Security Survivor Benefits or contact your local Social Security office.