Program Description

The Social Security Lump Sum Death Payment (LSDP) Benefits are a federally funded program managed by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). A surviving spouse or child may receive a special lump-sum death payment of $255 if they meet certain requirements.

General Program Requirements

To qualify for this benefit you must be a surviving spouse who was living in the same household with the worker when he or she died. If they were living apart, the surviving spouse can still receive the lump-sum if, during the month the worker died, he or she:

If there's no eligible surviving spouse, the lump-sum can be paid to the worker's child (or children) if, during the month the worker died, the child:

 

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, take SSA’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

If the eligible surviving spouse or child is not currently receiving benefits, they must apply for this payment within two years of the date of death.

Widows, widowers, and surviving divorced spouses cannot apply online for survivor’s benefits. For application information, please visit the How To Apply page.

Program Contact Information

Visit SSA’s Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)

Additional Information

Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Over 6 million as of August 2015 (benefit types include child of deceased worker, widow with child in care, parent of deceased worker and disabled widow)
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityThere is no specific tribal eligibility.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedDirect Payment if eligible for Survivors benefits
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number96.004
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo