The deceased must have paid at least 10 years of Social Security to be covered. If eligible, there are two types of benefits. The first is a one-time death benefit, which is paid to a spouse or child which is entitled to the benefits, to cover burial and funeral costs.

Survivor benefits for spouses or children may also be distributed. The spouse is eligible if they are 60 years or older, but benefits will be greater after the age of 65. Disabled widows are eligible at age 50. However, if the deceased’s spouse cares for dependent children, they may be eligible for benefits at a younger age. Children of the deceased who are under 18 may also receive benefits.

Call your local Social Security office to find out if family members are eligible for benefits.