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You do not have to be living together to receive the benefits of a deceased spouse. Aslong as you are still married, the survivor qualifies as the "widow" or "widower" and can receive the benefits the deceased was receiving. If the surviving spouse has not yet reached 60, they will still receive the benefits, but in a reduced amount.
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