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Social Security Administration
Toll free number: 1-800-772-1213
Local Telephone Number: 1-877-319-5710
Toll free hours: Monday – Friday, 7am to 7pm TTY: 1-800-325-0778
Local Office - (Celebration Village Retail Area) 3045 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Hours: M,T,Th,F 9-4; W 9-12 noon
How Social Security can help you when a family member dies
• The funeral home notifies social security once the family has provided the correct number
• There is a one-time death benefit of $255 paid to a surviving spouse or dependent
• Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits including:
o A Widow
o Surviving spouse
o Parents age 62 or older
o A surviving divorced spouse under special circumstances
o Dependent children
• If you are age 65 or older, or disabled, ask about Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You may also qualify for Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and other social services.
How much you or your children receive in benefits depends on the average lifetime earnings of the deceased. You may wish to go to the Social Security Office to verify you are receiving all of the benefits to which you qualify.
If the deceased was receiving benefits, you must return the benefit received for the month of death or any later months. Generally, this is automatically debited by the SSA.
Information you may need when applying for benefits
• Certified death certificates
• Your social security number and the deceased’s social security number
• Your birth certificate
• Your marriage certificate, if you are widowed, or divorce papers if you applying as a divorced widow or widower
• Dependent children’s social security numbers and birth certificates
• Deceased workers W-2 forms or federal self-employment tax return for the most recent year
• The name of your bank and account number so your benefits can be direct deposited into your account.
Your benefits may change if you are already receiving benefits as a husband or wife.

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