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Social Security Resource Center

  


 

Social Security is not just as a guaranteed income for retired workers but is also a form of insurance for families when those workers die. Today, Social Security pays monthly survivor benefits to more than 4 million widows and widowers (including divorced former spouses) and nearly 1.9 million children of deceased wage earners.

In the AARP Social Security Resource Center, you’ll find practical information about how Social Security works when a worker dies, including:

  • Steps to take to report a death and begin collecting survivor benefits
  • How Social Security determines eligibility and calculates payments
  • How age and marital status affect what you collect

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