Riverside Funeral Directors

          Brian D. Kuratko

          Owner/Director

          708-609-5585

 


 

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Benefits

 

Social Security

Riverside Funeral Directors will notify Social Security by mail immediately upon death.

 

The following checklist is designed to help you file for your Social Security benefits correctly so that prompt payments may be made.

 

Eligibility

The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1 1/2 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death.

 

Who may receive monthly benefits:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled), or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

  • A divorced widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) if the marriage lasted 10 years, or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

  • Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full time).

  • Children who were disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remained disabled.

  • Dependent parent or parents 62 or older.

Who may receive a Lump-Sum Death Payment:

  • A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death

  • A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.

  • Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full time).

  • A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.

Applying for Benefits

You must apply in order to receive benefits. You may apply at any Social Security office or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone. Just dial the toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange for the local Social Security office to take your claim by telephone. Riverside Funeral Directors will accompany you or offer transportation if you are traveling alone that day.

 

Social Security Teleservice – doing business by telephone

You may call Social Security toll-free, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The number to use is 1-800-772-1213. To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm on regular business days. At other times and on weekends and holidays, you may leave a message and they will call you back. Please be patient.

 

You may use the toll-free number to make an appointment either in a Social Security office or telephone to apply for benefits, transact other Social Security business, or just ask questions.

 

Veterans Benefits

Survivors of any person who was an active or retired member of the military at time of death, or an honorably discharged veteran, could be eligible for a number of benefits, including:

  • An American flag (usually drapes the casket) or presented to a family member (folded)

  • Burial in a National Cemetery if the family wishes

  • A bronze or granite marker

  • A lump sum payment of $300.00 is usually available to families of those veterans that were entitled to receive VA compensation or pension at time of death (such as retirees), or veterans who died while a registered patient in a VA hospital or other accredited VA facility. If one of these circumstances apply and a National Cemetery is not utilized, up to $150.00 could be reimbursed as a plot or interment allowance (requires proof of payment to a non-VA cemetery. Private cemeteries usually assist you by filing this benefit in your behalf). For veterans who die of a service connected disability, the VA could pay an allowance to reimburse funeral costs of $1500.00 or less (no additional VA death benefits would be available). Active duty military personnel are usually entitled to a greater amount, which can vary.

  • If not remarried, the surviving spouse is eligible for burial in the National Cemetery. Dependent children of the veteran are also eligible.

  • Claims for Veteran's Benefits must be filed within two years of death by the veteran's family, a non-family member who can prove that the veteran's funeral services are paid, or the funeral director. We will be pleased to make application for these benefits on your behalf if you will provide us with the veteran's Honorable Discharge papers. For VA Assistance and Information, phone 1-800-827-1000 or visit their website at www.va.gov.

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