Who is eligible to receive Social Security benefits when a person dies?
Survivors who may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits include:
- A widow or widower age 60 or older (age 50 or older if disabled)
- A widow or widower at any age who is caring for the deceased’s child under age 16 or disabled
- An unmarried child of the deceased who is younger than age 18 (or up to age 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school); or Age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22
- A stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild or adopted child under certain circumstances
- Parents, age 62 or older, who were dependent on the deceased for at least half of their support
- A surviving divorced spouse (under certain circumstances)