When an individual who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, certain members of the family may be eligible for survivors' benefits.
If eligible, Social Security Survivor Benefits can be paid to:
- A widow/widower - full benefits at full retirement age (currently age 65) or reduced benefits as early as age 60.
- A disabled widow/widower (as early as age 50).
- A widow/widower at any age, if he or she takes care of the deceased's child who is under age 16 or disabled, and receiving Social Security benefits.
- Unmarried children under 18 or up to age 19, if they are attending high school full time.
- Under certain circumstances, benefits can be paid to stepchildren, grandchildren or adopted children.
- Children at any age who were disabled before age 22 and remain disabled.
- Dependent parents age 62 or older.
- For more information, please visit the Social Security Website or contact them directly at 1-800-772-1213.