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I would like to talk to somebody about when my wife passed away. What can I get from Social Security to help
April 10, 2023
Q) I would like to talk to somebody about when my wife passed away and what can I get from Social Security to help where’s the funeral
A) I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. I can provide you with some general information on what you may be eligible for and how to apply for those benefits.
Firstly, you may be eligible for a one-time payment of $255 from Social Security if your wife was eligible for benefits. You can apply for this payment by contacting your local Social Security office or by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
Additionally, if your wife was receiving Social Security benefits at the time of her passing, you may be eligible for survivor benefits. The amount of benefits you may be eligible for depends on a number of factors, including your age and your wife’s work history. You can find more information on survivor benefits and how to apply for them on the Social Security Administration’s website.
In terms of funeral expenses, Social Security does not typically pay for funeral costs directly. However, you may be eligible for a death benefit payment of $255, as I mentioned earlier. Additionally, if your wife had a life insurance policy or any other assets, those funds could be used to pay for funeral expenses.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a number of benefits to survivors of deceased workers. These benefits can help with the costs of funeral expenses, as well as provide monthly income.
To be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be the spouse of the deceased worker.
You must be at least 60 years old, or at least 50 years old if you have a child of the deceased worker.
You must not be remarried.
Your deceased spouse must have paid into Social Security for at least 10 years.
If you are eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, you will receive a monthly payment based on your deceased spouse’s earnings. The amount of your benefit will be reduced if you are also receiving benefits from another source, such as a pension.
To apply for Social Security survivor benefits, you can visit your local Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213. You will need to provide the following information:
Your name and address
Your date of birth
The name and Social Security number of your deceased spouse
The date of your spouse’s death
The names and Social Security numbers of any children you have with your deceased spouse
The SSA will review your application and determine if you are eligible for benefits. If you are approved, you will begin receiving payments within a few months.
In addition to Social Security survivor benefits, you may also be eligible for other benefits, such as:
Death benefits from your spouse’s employer
Veterans’ benefits, if your spouse was a veteran
Life insurance benefits, if your spouse had a policy
Burial benefits from the VA, if your spouse was a veteran
You can contact your state’s Department of Social Services or the VA to learn more about these benefits.
I know that this is a difficult time for you, but I hope that this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I’m sorry again for your loss.