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Here’s what happens with Social Security payments when someone dies

  • In most cases, funeral homes notify the government that a person has passed away.
  • If the person was receiving Social Security benefits, a payment is not due for the month of their death.
  • Survivor benefits may be available, depending on several factors.

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When a loved one receiving Social Security benefits passes away, you may wonder how the government knows to stop sending that monthly money.

Or, maybe there's a surviving spouse or dependent who relied on that income and wonders whether some sort of payment can continue.

While Social Security rules can be complicated, the bottom line is that the decedent's benefits stop at death. For survivors, how to get benefits — or whether you qualify — depends on several factors.

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