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Social Security: Benefits for Survivors Explained

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Social security is available for surviving dependents if an employee dies.  In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for a survivor benefit.

Social security is available for surviving dependents if an employee dies. In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for a survivor benefit.

Thanks to Vonda Van Til, Social Security Administration

Social security is available for surviving dependents if an employee dies. In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for a survivor benefit. These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children and dependent parents.

The amount of benefits that your dependents receive depends on your lifetime income. The higher your income, the higher their benefits. That is why it is important to ensure that your earnings history is correct on our records. That starts with creating a my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.


A My Social Security account is secure and gives you instant access to your earnings information, Social Security benefit estimates, and a printable Social Security Statement. The overview shows an estimate of the survivor benefits that we could pay to your family.

You can also visit our Benefits Planner for Survivors to give you a better understanding of Social Security protections for you and your family as you plan your financial future at www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors.

Visit www.ssa.gov or read our Survivors Benefits publication at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10084.pdf for more information. You can also help us spread the word by sharing this information with your family and friends.

— Vonda Van Til is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan. You can write to her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or by email at [email protected]

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