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Social Security Benefits

After the loss of a loved one, you will probably have a lot of questions about Social Security benefits. We at Price-Helton Funeral Home will file a statement of death with the Social Security Administration on your family’s behalf. You will not need a certified copy of the death certificate for this filing.

Lump Sum Death Payment

A one-time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described above. The lump-sum death payment (LSDP) is paid in the following priority order:

  • 1.A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death.
  • 2.A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.
  • 3.A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.

Eligibility

The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1.5 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death.

Applying For Benefits

We will notify Social Security of your loved one’s passing, but it is important to know that benefits will vary for each individual. It’s important to understand that you must apply in order to receive benefits. You can apply at any Social Security office or by phone.

Call Social Security toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov for more information.

Those who may receive monthly benefits:

A widow or widower age 60 (50 if disabled) or older or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

A divorced widow or widower age 60 (50 if disabled) or older if the marriage lasted 10 years or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full-time).

Children who were disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remained disabled.

Dependent parent or parents 62 or older.

Important Links

Social Security Online
Social Security Online: Seattle Office

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