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Social Security Benefits

Following the death of a loved one comes with more than just grief; survivors are often left caring for the estate. A question frequently asked of funeral directors has to do with how to handle their loved one’s Social Security benefits. As your local Fort Worth cremation provider, Simple Cremation is here to help clarify questions that you and your family might have and to help point you in the right direction.

Reporting a death to Social Security is something that your Simple Cremation funeral director will handle for you automatically and regardless of their benefit status. This report is submitted electronically at the time that the death certificate is formally received by the State of Texas from our offices. The Social Security Administration will typically act on this notification without any further documentation or reporting needed from the family.

You should contact the Social Security Administration if you have any specific questions or if another person’s benefits could be affected by the death of a loved one.

You can reach the SSA by calling 1-800-772-1213.


As stated above, your funeral director at Simple Cremation, a Fort Worth cremations service provider, will send a notification to the Social Security Administration on your behalf. Again, you may still want to contact them once you receive death certificates to make sure that benefits were handled appropriately.

If you decide that a call or visit to the Social Security Administration is necessary you’ll want to be sure you’re prepared with the following information:

Social security number, date of birth, date of death, place of death, marital status, information on surviving spouse or next of kin, and information on any surviving dependents. Most of this is on your loved one’s death certificate which, if available, you should bring with you or have ready for you to reference.

Simple Cremation proudly provides cremation services in Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas.

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