The death of a spouse can be both emotionally and financially devastating. However, it is important to know that when a person who is receiving regular Social Security Disability or retirement Social Security benefits passes away, the surviving spouse may qualify for survivor disability benefits if they are over the age of 50.
To be entitled to your deceased spouse's benefits as a disabled widow/widower, your deceased spouse must have worked enough in Social Security taxed jobs to insure his/ her family for survivor benefits. Usually you are not eligible for disabled widow/widower's benefits if you remarried before age fifty and are still married when you become disabled. Typically, you must also become disabled within seven years of the death of your spouse. Once you meet the non-disability requirements, you must then have a medically proven physical or mental condition which prevents you from gaining employment. your disability started before your spouse died or within seven years of your spouse's