-Social Security does not pay for funeral expenses.

-Social Security is electronically notified of a death when the funeral home files the death certificate.

-Social Security may pay a one time death benefit of $255.00 to a surviving spouse or dependent child.

If you already receive benefits as a spouse, your benefit will automatically convert to Survivor's Benefits after Social Security receives the report of death from the funeral home.

-You can call the Social Security Office at 800-772-1213.

-The Spokane Social Security Office is located at 714 N. Iron Bridge Way, Ste 100, Spokane WA 99202.