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Survivors - Death grant

Upon the death of a person who received an old age, survivors or general disability allowance, income support, attendance allowance, work disability pension or Prisoners of Zion benefit from the National Insurance Institute, a lump-sum grant is paid to the person who was the deceased’s spouse at the time of his or her death.

If there is no spouse, the grant is paid to the child of the benefit recipient, provided that the child meets the definition of a child under the National Insurance Law within a year of the parent's death.

The grant amounts to NIS 8,757 (as of Jan 01, 2014).

Payment of the grant

A person who believes they are eligible for a death grant and has not received it should submit a claims form.

If a person has have already submitted a claim for a survivor's pension, there is no need to fill in an application for a death grant, since the claim for a survivor's pension includes that for a death grant also.

Special cases

Death of the spouse of a person receiving an old age pension in addition to an income supplement

If the spouse of a person receiving an old age pension in addition to an income supplement dies, the recipient of the supplement will automatically receive a death grant, and there is no need to submit a claim.

Death of both spouses within a short time

If both spouses die within a short time of one another, the death grant will be paid to the person who bore the major expense for the tombstone, on condition that all the following apply:

  1. The spouse was entitled to receive the death grant for the deceased.
  2. The spouse died within 100 days of the deceased.
  3. No death grant was paid to the deceased.
  4. The deceased has no child, according to the National Insurance Institute definition.

In such a case, the grant is not paid automatically and a claims form for a death grant must be submitted.

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