Planning for the future

When someone dies, families often have to contend with changes to their financial situation. Money issues may be short term, for example, while you wait for probate to be granted, or you may find that your financial circumstances are permanently altered.




There are several benefits to which you may be entitled, particularly after the death of your spouse. The rules can be complicated, so ask your local social security office if you think you may be eligible.


The main benefits for the bereaved are as follows:

Bereavement Payment.

Bereavement Allowance.

Widowed Parents allowance.

Child Benefit (Lone Parents).

War Widows Pension: you may qualify for this if your husband’s death was due to his service in HM Armed Forces.

Before claiming any of the above, please check if they are means-tested.