Survivors’ Benefit is payable to certain family members, (widow or widower of a deceased insured person, and unmarried children under age 15 or under the age of 21 and still in full-time education at the time of the insured person’s death) and in some cases a dependant parent if the deceased person was in receipt of Disability or Age Benefit or had paid 150 contributions in respect of insurance employment.
Survivors’ Pension is either a pension or a grant depending on the entitlement of the insured person at the time of death. There are different age entitlements to this particular benefit for e.g, a widow or widower who is age 40 years of age or older shall receive a pension for life. A widow or widower below the age of 40 and had no children eligible for this pension or was not capable of work by way of disability shall receive a survivor’s benefit for one year. In any case, if you remarry your pension ceases.
A minimum Survivor Pension of $110.00 per week is payable to an Adult(Widow/Widower), an Orphan receives $80.00 weekly and a Child $40.00 weekly.
Claim for Survivors’ Benefit should be completed on the appropriate form available at the Social Security Office and submitted by Widow/ Widower and or Child/Children along with the following documents: