We are there for next of kin 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.