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Social Security column: Families should notify Social Security of death

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Q: If the funeral home notifies Social Security of a death, should the family contact SSA too?

A: Yes. Funeral homes are very helpful in notifying Social Security of deaths but the family should definitely call the SSA toll-free number, 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778), or their local office to report a death. This helps make sure that family members receive all benefits to which they may be entitled.

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