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.