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Social Security - Survivor Information

When a person dies, certain members of a family may be eligible for benefits. Your spouse, age 60 or older(50 or older if disabled, or any age if caring for your children under age 16) qualifies for benefits. Also your children (if unmarried and under age 18, still in school and under age 19, or adult children disabled before age 22) qualify for Social Security benefits if you were to die.

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