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Are there any funeral benefits available from Social Security?

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As of March 2015, the surviving spouse living in the same household as the deceased may be eligible to receive a lump sum death payment of $255 from the Social Security Administration. If there is no surviving spouse, children of the deceased may be eligible for this payment instead.

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If the surviving spouse didn't live in the same household of the worker, she may still qualify for the lump sum death benefit if already receiving benefits from the worker or if she became eligible to the worker's benefits upon death. Likewise, surviving children who draw benefits or are eligible for benefits from the worker may also qualify for this payment. Both surviving spouses and children can check eligibility for survivors benefits at the official Social Security Administration website.

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