Survivor benefits are monthly cash payments provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to family members of a deceased individual who has paid into Social Security. The amount of survivor benefits depends on the deceased person's earnings, and it may affect eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Eligible recipients include unmarried children under 18, disabled children under 22, and 19-year-olds attending high school full-time. In some cases, stepchildren, grandchildren, and adopted children can also receive benefits.

The application process can be initiated by visiting an SSA office or calling their toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213. Required documents include social security numbers, birth certificates, proof of death, and banking information for direct deposits.

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Last Reviewed: June 1, 2023