back-to-top

Obituaries

Phyllis Ellis
B: 1934-03-09
D: 2019-01-20
View Details
Ellis, Phyllis
Sheryl Gormley
B: 1938-11-23
D: 2019-01-19
View Details
Gormley, Sheryl
Randall Mikell
B: 1957-02-20
D: 2019-01-19
View Details
Mikell, Randall
Martha Werre
B: 1933-11-24
D: 2019-01-18
View Details
Werre, Martha
Doris Lauzon
B: 1925-07-13
D: 2019-01-18
View Details
Lauzon, Doris
Major Donald Hickey
B: 1935-01-22
D: 2019-01-18
View Details
Hickey, Major Donald
Clifton Head
B: 1937-04-14
D: 2019-01-18
View Details
Head, Clifton
Kenneth Charles Shepard
B: 1935-09-05
D: 2019-01-18
View Details
Shepard, Kenneth Charles
Stacey Carson-Boso
B: 1961-01-25
D: 2019-01-17
View Details
Carson-Boso, Stacey
Warneta Farmer
B: 1930-08-20
D: 2019-01-15
View Details
Farmer, Warneta
Sherry Bartholomew
B: 1941-09-21
D: 2019-01-15
View Details
Bartholomew, Sherry
Gwendolyn Sparks
B: 1953-09-09
D: 2019-01-15
View Details
Sparks, Gwendolyn
Roberto Zapata
B: 1959-01-01
D: 2019-01-14
View Details
Zapata, Roberto
Louise Anderson
B: 1929-06-11
D: 2019-01-14
View Details
Anderson, Louise
Jerry Warren
B: 1944-08-31
D: 2019-01-13
View Details
Warren, Jerry
Helen Cisney
B: 1914-11-22
D: 2019-01-13
View Details
Cisney, Helen
Austin Craig
B: 1994-04-29
D: 2019-01-13
View Details
Craig, Austin
Cecil Bedford
B: 1945-07-15
D: 2019-01-11
View Details
Bedford, Cecil
Michael Jasmanki
B: 1941-06-17
D: 2019-01-11
View Details
Jasmanki, Michael
Audrey Oliver
B: 1964-01-14
D: 2019-01-11
View Details
Oliver, Audrey
Harvey Harnage
B: 1934-10-04
D: 2019-01-11
View Details
Harnage, Harvey

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries

Social Security Benefits

Social Security Death Benefits

Social Security pays two types of death benefits to survivors: the first is a $255 lump sum, the second is an ongoing monthly death benefit called a survivor benefit.

Eligibility for Social Security Death Benefit Lump Sum

Who is eligible for the $255 lump sum death benefit?

 
• The deceased’s spouse of the insured worker who lives in the same household.
• The dependent child of the deceased worker who is eligible to receive Social Security benefits based on the worker’s records.
 
If the deceased worker is currently insured, which means six quarters of Social Security-covered earnings during the full 13-quarter period prior to death.

Ongoing Social Security Death Benefit

Eligibility for ongoing monthly Social Security death benefits, or survivor benefit, depends on several factors:
 
• The child of a worker who is under 18, years old.
• Workers’ children under 19 and attending a full-time elementary or high school.
• Children over 18 and who are disabled before 22 years old are eligible.
 
The mother or father who cares for a dependent child of a deceased worker must be under 16 years old--or disabled before 22. The benefit for mothers and fathers is different than for widows or widowers because they can be paid to anyone or any age. A surviving spouse must be at least 60 years old to claim widow or widower’s benefits.

Reasons You May Not Qualify for Ongoing Social Security Death Benefits

If you work, remarry before age 60, or are eligible for retirement benefits, this could reduce or eliminate your eligibility for ongoing Social Security Death benefits.

How Much in Social Security Survivor Benefits Will You Get?

Ongoing survivor benefit amounts are based on:
 
• The deceased’s earning record.
• Your current age.
• Your relationship to the deceased.
 
A general estimate is that you could expect to receive between 70 and 100 percent of the amount the deceased worker would have gotten at full retirement age.
 
The Social Security website is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security's programs. There are a number of things you can do online.  To learn more please visit their website at: http://www.ssa.gov/survivors/.  In addition to using the Social Security website, you can call them toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.  Staff can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  They can also provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call the TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.