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Bereavement benefits and widows' benefits

Bereavement benefits were introduced from 9 April 2001 to replace widows' benefits for those bereaved after that date. Women who were already receiving Widow's Benefit before that date will continue to do so, for as long as they satisfy the qualifying conditions.

If you are widowed or your civil partner dies, you may be able to get one or more of the following UK bereavement benefits:

For these bereavement benefits your husband, wife or civil partner must have paid National Insurance (NI) contributions. Contributions paid by you do not count for these benefits.

You may be able to get these benefits at the full rate if:

You must have been married to, or had formed a civil partnership with, the person who has died.