Most of us don't like to talk about death or even think about it. But wouldn't you feel better knowing that, if you or your spouse were no longer living, Social Security would help take care of your family? If you are working and paying into Social Security, some of the taxes you pay go toward survivors insurance.
Your family is protected when you die. Your spouse, children, and parents could be eligible for benefits based on your earnings.
You are protected when your spouse, parent, or adult child dies. You and your family could be eligible for benefits based on the earnings of the deceased.
Planning For Your Survivors
Social Security can help your family if you have earned enough Social Security credits through your work.
If You Are The Survivor
Social Security benefits that may be available if you are the survivor a worker who dies.
How You Apply
We should be notified as soon as possible when a person dies.