Welfare Benefits for the Bereaved
Suffering a bereavement is a difficult enough time without having to worry over finances or your family's security.
Widowed Parents Allowance
This can be paid to a widow or civil partner who was under state pension age and who has a child qualifying for Child Benefit (subject to the partner having met the National Insurance conditions). It is payable until the child ceases to qualify for Child Benefit. If this is less than 52 weeks from the date of death then Bereavement Allowance can be paid for the remainder of the 52 week period.
If you have no children who qualify for Child Benefit at the date of death and you were aged at least 45 and below state pension age you can be paid a bereavement allowance for 52 weeks from the date of death.