Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

Our single daughter passed away last year. She was 38 years old and had been contributing to Social Security since she was 16. Why does that money not go to her mother and I? So the government gets it all with nothing for her family?

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By Greg L.

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April 15, 20150 found this helpful

Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them to get the correct answer. From what I have always understood survivor's benefits are meant to go to somebody's spouse and minor/disabled kids.

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April 18, 20150 found this helpful

Most information like this can be found on the Internet at the Social Security web site.

I believe redhatterb is correct in who can qualify for SS benefits but regular SS benefits are only available to qualified persons when they reach retirement age unless there is a disability or a child is involved.

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It seems that you and your wife will have to draw from your own earnings when you become age eligible or should you become disabled.

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