A lump sum payment may be made when an eligible person dies. This payment can only be made if there is an eligible surviving widow, widower, or entitled child. Also, survivor’s checks may go to certain members of a worker’s family.
An Application for the lump sum death payments usually must be made within two years after the worker’s death. Don’t delay applying because you don’t have all the proof of information. The people in the Social Security Office will tell you about the other proof of information that can be used when you apply
It is a good idea to check your record every three years to make sure that earnings are being correctly reported to your record.