You can find more information on their website: www.socialsecurity.gov
All deaths are reported to the local Social Security Office via the online MR&C Application from the Minnesota Department of Health. This is filled out by the funeral home when applying for death certificates. Benefits are available under certain circumstances. Surviving spouses and dependent children are usually eligible for a $255.00 one-time lump sum benefit. If you think that you are eligible for survivor’s benefits, the family will need to contact the Social Security Office for an appointment. The phone number is 1-800-772-1213 and will be answered until 7:00 PM.