What is the Lump Sum Social Security Death Benefit and Who is Eligible to Receive the Benefit?
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) helps families in need by dispersing federally-funded funds to either a surviving spouse or child. The one-time lump sum benefit amount is $255. It is paid to a surviving spouse who was living in the decedent's household at the time of death, or, if living apart, was receiving social security benefits on the decedent's record. If there is no eligible spouse, the payment may go to a child who was eligible.
You can apply for this benefit by calling the Social Security National Toll-Free Service at 1-800-772-1213. You may also visit your local social security office. To expedite the process, you should be ready with these documents listed below:
Birth certificate or other proof of birth
W-2 forms(s) and/or self-employment tax returns from the previous year
Final divorce decree, if applying as a surviving divorced spouse; and
To help you in determining your eligibility, please take the SSA's Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.
At Kramer Family Funeral Home, we will assist you in notifying the Social Security Administration of your loved one's passing in a timely manner. We will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
What Benefits are Available to Veteran Families?
The Veterans Benefit Administration offers burial and memorial benefits to families of deceased veterans. Any deceased Veteran discharged under honorable conditions and any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on
active duty are eligible for these benefits.
Please note that this information is provided as a courtesy to our veteran's families. We are unable to assist with coordinating these benefits. The family is required to contact their local Veteran's Service Organization office directly to begin the process of these benefits.
Interment in a National Cemetery
Burial benefits at no cost to the family include a gravesite in any VA national or state veteran cemetery with available space, headstone or marker, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care of the grave, and burial flag.
In Utah, the state veteran cemetery is Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery. It is located at 17111 S. Camp Williams Road, in Bluffdale, Utah.
Arrangements are made at the time of death; a space may not be reserved in the national cemetery ahead of time.
Spouses and dependents of the veteran may also be buried with the veteran, receive perpetual care, and their name and date of birth and death will be inscribed on the Veteran's headstone, at no cost to the family. They may be buried at the cemetery even if they precede in death before the eligible veteran.
Interment in a Private Cemetery
An eligible veteran may receive a Government-furnished headstone or marker or medallion at no cost to the family for placement at a private cemetery. At this time, this benefit is not available to spouses and dependents buried in a private cemetery.
Reimbursement of Burial Expenses
An allowance is provided to families of deceased eligible veterans for burial expenses. In order to qualify for this allowance, one of the following conditions must be met:
You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if:
You paid for a Veteran's burial or funeral, AND
You have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased Veteran's employer, AND
The Veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, AND
The Veteran died because of a service-related disability, OR
The Veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation at the time of death, OR
The Veteran was entitled to receive VA pension or compensation, but decided not to reduce his/her military retirement or disability pay, OR
The Veteran died while hospitalized by VA, or while receiving care under VA contract at a non-VA facility, OR
The Veteran died while traveling under proper authorization and at VA expense to or from a specified place for the purpose of examination, treatment, or care, OR
The Veteran had an original or reopened claim pending at the time of death and has been found entitled to compensation or pension from a date prior to the date or death, OR
The Veteran died on or after October 9, 1996, while a patient at a VA-approved state nursing home.
NOTE: VA does not pay burial benefits if the deceased:
Died during active military service, OR
Was a member of Congress who died while holding office, OR
Was a Federal prisoner
Acceptable proof of death as specified in 38 CFR 3.211., AND
Receipted bills that show that you made payment in whole or part, OR
A statement of account, preferably on the printed billhead of the funeral director or cemetery owner. The statement of account must show:
The name of the deceased Veteran for whom the services and merchandise were furnished, AND
All credits, AND
The amount of the unpaid balance, if any