OK, unfortunately, no.Survivor benefits
are only available for 'dependents' (as defined by SSA), which can include surviving spouses
who are legally ready for retirement or, widow caretakers of minor children (ergo dependent because unable to work substantially while taking care of the minors), or disable widows.
This generally means that not until 60 can you collect a survivor benefit, and that would be a reduced early amount (71% of his). Waiting til age 66+ (full retirement age) would get you 100% of his benefits as a survivor benefit. Note also that although we may be eligible for our own and a survivor benefit, we can only collect one - sometimes the higher one, sometimes not, depending on the strategy in place.
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