My husband recently passed away. Is there anything I need to do?

Published: July 9, 2020


I am so sorry for your loss.

In most cases, a funeral home will report a death to the Social Security Administration. You should provide the funeral home with your husband’s Social Security number.

You cannot report a death or apply for survivor’s benefits online. You should call 1-800-772-1213 to speak with Social Security directly and ask any questions you may have.

In addition to potential survivor benefits, you, as the surviving spouse, will receive a one-time lump-sum death payment of $255.

My sincere sympathy,

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