When someone who is receiving Social Security Disability benefits passes away, his or her spouse and dependents may be eligible to receive survivor benefits. Survivor benefits are most commonly awarded to a surviving spouse. These benefits are particularly useful for parents with children, or spouses who are retirement age. Survivor benefits can help offset lost income, and keep a family stable following an unfortunate loss.

The amount of survivor benefits awarded varies. Surviving spouses may be eligible for 71.5 to 100 percent of the benefit amount. If the survivi