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How to get survivor benefits from the government

You and your family may be eligible for survivor benefits from the government following a family member’s death. Learn how to find the benefits you may qualify for.

Every government benefit program has its own eligibility rules. If you qualify, you may be able to receive death benefits including:

  • Survivor payments
  • Educational assistance
  • Housing help
  • Military funeral and burial honors
  • Burial reimbursement for a COVID-19 death

To find the government benefits you may qualify for, use USAGov's benefits locator tool. Answer a few questions to get a customized list of benefits and instructions on how to apply.

Use USAGov's benefit locator

LAST UPDATED: September 21, 2023


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