Frequently asked questions
What is cremation?
How do I pre plan?
Am I eligible for veterans benefits?
Things to consider
When is the right time for me to call the Social Security Office?
Social Security Teleservices are available 24/7 throughout the year. You can call anytime. Representatives will be at your service from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on routine business days; on holidays and weekends, all you have to do is leave a message and they will get back to you on the next working day. They will be able to help answer your queries and give you proper guidance on your claim.
How long does cremation take?
Where does the money go if I pre plan?
What are my scattering options?
Will I be eligible for LSDP?
What can be done with the cremated remains?
Are remains always returned?
What is the Eligibility for Social Security Benefits?
Depending on her/his age at the time of death, the deceased should have prescribed work credit and period on his/her job (anything between 1 ½ and 10 years) as given by Social Security. Eligible dependents for the monthly social security benefits are
- Dependent mother or father or both of the deceased if they are 62 or older
- Disabled children of the deceased under 22 years of age or for the period that they stay disabled (whichever is lesser)
- Unmarried children below or until 18 years of age. The age limit is relaxed to 19 for those attending full time school
- Spouse / Divorced widower or widow who is 60 or above. If the widow or widower is disabled, the age limit is relaxed to 50. It is pertinent, however, that the marriage had lasted at least a decade and he/she is caring for an entitled child until the child is 16 years of age or if the child has a disability.