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Social Security Benefits

Some of the deceased's family members may be able to receive Social Security benefits if the deceased person worked long enough under Social Security to quality for benefits.  You should get in touch with Social Security as soon as you can to make sure the family receives all of the benefits to which it may be entitled.  Please read the following information carefully to learn what benefits may be available.


A one-time payment of $255 can be paid to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the deceased; or, if living apart, was receiving certain Social Security benefits on the deceased's record.  If there is no surviving spouse, the payment is made to a child who is eligible for benefits on the deceased's record in the month of death.


Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits, including:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (age 50 or older if disabled);
  • A surviving spouse at any age who is caring for the deceased's child under age 16 or disabled;
  • An unmarried child of the deceased who is younger than age 18 (or age 18 or 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school); or age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22;
  • Parents, age 62 or older, who were dependent on the deceased for at least half of their support; and
  • A surviving divorced spouse, under certain circumstances.


The Social Security website is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security's programs, including survivors benefits.


In addition to using the Social Security website, you can call them toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.  Staff can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  They can also provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call the TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.

Steps on How to Plan a Funeral

At a time of loss, it's important to have guidance and support. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the funeral planning process:


Reach out to the legal power of attorney for the deceased. This person will be able to guide you through the next steps.


Choose a funeral home that is dedicated to helping you and your family. Don't be afraid to shop around and find the best fit for you.


Decide on the best form of disposition for your family. This could be cremation or burial, and it's important to understand all your options and ask any questions you may have.


Plan a funeral service that honors your loved one and provides comfort for your family. Our team is here to help you create a meaningful celebration of life.


Find the perfect location for the funeral service. Whether it's a traditional funeral home, a church, or another venue, we can help you select the right place to hold the service.

If you are ready to get started visit the following link to let us assist your family: Let Us Help

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