To be eligible for this benefit program, you must meet the following requirements:
Based on the information you gave us about your age, your current marital status and length of marriage to your deceased spouse indicate that you meet most of the requirements for Social Security disabled widow's or widower's benefits. However, since you are working, you may not meet the legal definition of disability. Also, your former spouse must have enough work credits and you must not be getting a higher benefit on your own work record.
To find out more about how Social Security decides if you are disabled, visit SSA’s Publications Page, select "Disability" under "Topics," and review Social Security Publication Number 05-10029.
Widows, widowers, and surviving divorced spouses cannot apply online for survivor’s benefits. For application information, please visit the How To Apply page.
Would you like more information about disabled widow's or widower's benefits?
Visit SSA’s Publications Page and review the publication "Survivors," Social Security Publication Number 05-10084 or review Chapter 4 of the Social Security Handbook.
Would you like more information about Social Security credits?
Visit SSA's Publications Page and review "Social Security: How You Earn Credits," Social Security Publication Number 05-10072.
You may also contact Social Security by phone at:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)