Q & A
Who can apply to receive the $255 lump-sum death payment after a relative dies?
The one-time lump-sum death payment of $255 is payable to:
- A surviving spouse if he or she was living with the deceased; or, if living apart, was receiving certain Social Security benefits on the deceased person’s record; or
- If there is no surviving spouse, a child who is eligible for benefits on the deceased person’s record in the month of death.
If no spouse or child meeting these requirements exists, the lump-sum death payment will not be paid. The lump-sum death payment cannot be paid to funeral homes or estates for funeral expenses.
To file for the benefit, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY-1800-325-0778) and request an appointment at your local office. You must file the application for the lump-sum death payment within the two-year period ending with the second anniversary of the insured person’s death.