The Social Security Administration (SSA) should be notified as soon as possible. You will need the person’s social security number when you call. A family member or other person responsible for the beneficiary’s affairs should promptly notify the SSA of the beneficiary’s death by calling toll-free at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).
A one-time payment is payable to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the beneficiary at the time of death, or if living apart, was eligible for benefits on the beneficiary’s earnings record for the month of death. If there is no surviving spouse, the payment is made to a child who was eligible for benefits on the beneficiary’s earnings record in the month of death.
Monthly survivors benefits can be paid to certain family members, including the beneficiary’s widow or widower, dependent children and dependent parents.
Resources from the Social Security Administration:
Social Security Administration toll-free at 800-772-1213.
For additional information, visit the Social Security Online site.
(Reference: Social Security Administration)
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