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Some of the deceased's family members may be able to receive Social Security benefits if the deceased person worked long enough under Social Security to quality for benefits.  You should get in touch with Social Security as soon as you can to make sure the family receives all of the benefits to which it may be entitled.  Please read the following information carefully to learn what benefits may be available.


A one-time payment of $255 can be paid to the surviving spouse if he or she was living with the deceased; or, if living apart, was receiving certain Social Security benefits on the deceased's record.  If there is no surviving spouse, the payment is made to a child who is eligible for benefits on the deceased's record in the month of death.


Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits, including:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (age 50 or older if disabled);
  • A surviving spouse at any age who is caring for the deceased's child under age 16 or disabled;
  • An unmarried child of the deceased who is younger than age 18 (or age 18 or 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school); or age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22;
  • Parents, age 62 or older, who were dependent on the deceased for at least half of their support; and
  • A surviving divorced spouse, under certain circumstances.


The Social Security website is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security's programs. There are a number of things you can do online.


In addition to using the Social Security website, you can call them toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.  Staff can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  They can also provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call the TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.


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me and my family made several phone calls to different funeral homes trying to have my mother cremated funeral homes was axing for $2000 for basic cremation we reached out to Golden Gates and what’s explaining that our mom had passed away it was unexpectedly and we did not have the funds to do a funeral after speaking to Mr. Bell he told us do not worry everything is going to be OK he stated to us the first thing is first your mom has been there three days let us go ahead and make the removal to put her in our care and soon as she came to the funeral home we was able to see her spend time with her all the things he did to prepare my mom to be decent for us to view her before Cremation was beyond our imagination your funeral home is amazing thank you guys so much for understanding our pain and giving us a price that was unbeatable $895 for direct cremation and he hand-delivered my mother back to us at our residence and the memorial gifts that he gave her a family Bring so much peace will be forever grateful thank you Mr. Bell and the Golden Gates family

Tasha Webb
July 21, 2022

When my family met Mr. Bell it was like he understood our pain no matter what the request was he made everything possible we are more than grateful of how he conducted business and from now if anything was to happen we definitely would call him thank you for all you did and how you treat us like somebody color plays no part at his funeral home I love how you treat everybody the same

MS. ELIZABETH DAVIS
July 20, 2022

Dr. Demario Bell The way he treated our family words cannot explain how grateful we are Mr. Bell treated our family like we was his family everything was affordable they did a phenomenal job everything that we ask for and plus more she looked it’s so beautiful all we had to do was bring clothes and he did everything else program was beautiful the way he conduct the service is breathtaking I recommend anyone to use this funeral home for the love ones Celebration of life

MRS. VERLESA S WILLIAMS FAMILY
July 20, 2022

Golden Gates Funeral home did a wonderful job for my sister’s funeral I have worked many funerals and never seen a funeral done so well with compassion and love we the family of the late Candice Ellis thank you for your service in our time of need can y’all believe all that and Golden Gates was not expensive that package was 4500 for all that so affordable and from start to finish they treated us with love dignity and respect thank you again Golden Gates Funeral Home we thank you so much

Debra Ellis
July 18, 2022
 
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