Seattle WA Funeral Services: Social Security Benefits Information

Following are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Social Security benefits.

Does Social Security provide a death benefit?

Social Security provides a lump-sum death payment (LSDP) of $255, only if you qualify. This is in addition to any monthly cash benefits you may qualify for. The LSDP may be paid to:

Your funeral director will prepare the necessary Social Security forms.

Who is eligible to receive Social Security benefits?

In order for a family member to receive benefits, the deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1 ½ to 10 years depending on his or her age at death. The following family members may receive benefits:

How do I apply for Social Security benefits?

You may apply at any Social Security office or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone. Just dial the toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange for the local Social Security office to take your claim by telephone. To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm on regular business days. At other times and on weekends and holidays, you may leave a message and they will call you back, in most cases, the next business day.

For more information on Social Security benefits, visit the Social Security Administration web site at