About Social Security Funeral Benefits

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In most cases, the surviving spouse or minor children of the deceased may apply for a one-time payment from Social Security to help with funeral expenses.

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Amount

At present, the Social Security Administration is a one-time benefit of £165 to an eligible claimant to assist with the funeral expenses of a deceased U.S. citizen.

Claimants

Only a surviving spouse or the surviving children of the deceased who are under the age of 18---or under the age of 19 and attending school full time---may apply for the one-time Social Security funeral benefit.

Application

Claimants need to contact the Social Security Administration to apply for the one-time funeral benefit. It is not sent automatically.

Procedures

When a person dies, the funeral home will ask for the deceased person's social security number and will then contact the Social Security Administration to notify them of the death. Claimants who wish to apply for any survivor's benefits need to contact the Social Security Administration directly to file a claim.

Proof

The claimant will need to know the deceased person's social security number. The claimant will also need to provide proof of death (death certificate), proof of relationship to the deceased (marriage certificate if spouse or birth certificate if child), and proof of their own identity (birth certificate) and social security number (social security card) to apply for the one-time funeral/death benefit.

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A surviving spouse may be entitled to additional survivor's benefits if they are age 50 or older and disabled; 60 or older (even if not disabled); and responsible for the care of the deceased's child or children who are under the age of 18 or under the age of 19 and attending school full time. The surviving children of the deceased may be entitled to separate benefits if they are under the age of 18 or under the age of 19 and attending school full time. A surviving ex-spouse may be eligible for benefits when providing care for the deceased's child or children who are under the age of 18 or under the age of 19 and attending school full time, as well, and under certain other circumstances.

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