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Understanding the Social Security Rules for Widows and Widowers

January 9, 2021

From the nextavenue website

During a recent Minnesota Public Radio program I hosted about Social Security, I was surprised at the number of callers with questions and complaints about the program’s survivor benefits for widows and widowers.

One caller protested the “unfairness” of the benefits since she felt they ignored her own work years and contributions. Another worried that it was only by happenstance — reading an article — that she learned she qualified for benefits. “Widows should know about this,” she said.

So, let me try to explain what Social Security’s survivor benefits are, what they mean for widows and widowers.

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