A decedent's children who are unmarried and under the age of 19 may be eligible for death benefits if they if they attend either school full time. In addition to natural children, a decedent's stepchildren, adopted children and grandchildren may also be eligible to receive death benefits.
To apply for survivors benefits, call of visit a local Social Security office. It is not possible to apply for benefits online. The Social Security Administration determines the benefit amount on the basis of the average lifetime earnings of the deceased. A child is eligible to receive 75 percent of his deceased parents full benefit amount.