Who is eligible to receive Social Security survivors benefits and how do I apply?  · FAQ (2023)

A surviving spouse, surviving divorced spouse, unmarried child, or dependent parent may be eligible for monthly survivor benefits based on the deceased worker’s earnings.

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In addition, a one-time lump sum death payment of $255 can be made to a qualifying spouse or child if they meet certain requirements. Survivors must apply for this payment within two years of the date of the number holder’s death.

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You cannot apply for survivors benefits online. To report a death or apply for survivors benefits, call or visit your local Social Security office.

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