A) According to the Social Security Administration: IF you are a widow or widower you can receive:
reduced benefits as early as age 60 or full benefits at full retirement age or older.
benefits as early as age 50 if he or she is disabled AND their disability started before or within seven years of your death.
Note: If a widow or widower who is caring for your children receives Social Security benefits, he or she is still eligible if their disability starts before those payments end or within seven years after they end.
Widows, widowers, and surviving divorced spouses cannot apply online for survivors benefits. If they want to apply for disability benefits on your record, they should contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to request an appointment. (If they are deaf or hard of hearing, they should call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.) https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/onyourown2.html