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You should let Social Security know when a person dies as soon as possible.
Usually, the funeral director will report the person’s death to Social Security. You’ll have needed to give your mother's Social Security number to the funeral director so he or she could have made the report.
SSA pays a one-time payment of $255 to the surviving spouse. Your father may be able to receive survivor benefits as a widower.
If you still need to report your mother's death, contact your local Social Security office or call 1-***-***-****.
They will need the death certificate.