Social Security Death Benefits

What is the ongoing monetary benefit and how much is it?

Monthly payments are given to surviving spouses or dependents based on meeting criteria. Survivors are eligible for benefits if the deceased party worked for a total of 10 years in their lifetime or a total of 1.5 years within the three years before their death.

  • Disabled widow, widower, or surviving divorced spouse, ages 50–59: 71.5%.
  • Widow or widower, any age, caring for a child younger than 16: 75%.
  • A child younger than 18 (19 if still in elementary or secondary school) or disabled: 75%.
  • Dependent parent(s) of the deceased worker, age 62 or older: 82.5% for one surviving parent or 75% apiece to each of two surviving parents.

Who gets these benefits?

Those eligible for Social Security benefits of the deceased individual can include spouses, divorced partners, and children. Grandchildren may be eligible if they meet certain criteria.

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