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Benefits for Beneficiaries of Members who die in Active Membership Status

When an Active Member dies, the benefits available to the deceased Member's Beneficiary will depend upon:

  • Whether the Member was vested (five or more years of service credit) or nonvested (less than five years of service credit) at the time of death.
  • Whether the death was work-related or not.
  • The Beneficiary's relationship to the Member:
    • Spouse, registered domestic partner or minor child, or
    • Other (e.g., brother, sister, adult child, friend, estate, trust)

An Active Member's Beneficiary may be eligible to receive one of the following benefits:

  1. Monthly Continuance Benefit.

    A monthly continuance benefit is only available to a surviving spouse or registered domestic partner when the Member was vested at the time of death or if the Member's death was work-related.

    A monthly continuance benefit is payable for life to the Member's spouse or registered domestic partner upon the death of the Member. The Member's minor child may receive a monthly survivor benefit until the age of 18, or until age 22 if the minor is not married and is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college.

    If the Member's death is not work-related, the monthly benefit is 60% of what the Member would have been eligible to receive at the time of their death pursuant to the nonservice-connected disability formula or the unmodified retirement benefit formula, whichever is greater.

    If the Member's death is work-related, the monthly benefit amount is 100% of what the Member would have been eligible to receive at the time of their death pursuant to the service-connected disability formula or the unmodified retirement benefit formula, whichever is greater.

  2. Monthly Continuance Benefit and a Lump-sum Benefit.

    A monthly continuance benefit and lump-sum payment is only available to a surviving spouse or registered domestic partner when the Member was vested at the time of death or if the Member's death was work-related.

    This benefit includes a monthly continuance that is actuarially reduced and a lump-sum payment equal to one month of the Member's salary for each full year of service credit earned by the Member up to a maximum of six months.

  3. Lump-sum Benefit.

    A lump-sum death benefit is available to any Beneficiary.

    This benefit includes a return of the Member's contributions, plus interest, and one month of the Member's salary for each full year of service credit earned by the Member, up to a maximum of six months.

    This benefit can be paid as a one-time lump-sum or in monthly payments paid over a period not to exceed 10 years, plus interest.

In addition to the above, a surviving spouse or registered domestic partner of an Active Safety Member whose death is work‑related is eligible to receive an additional lump-sum payment of 12 months of the Member's salary based upon the Member's salary at the time of death.

The minor children of an Active Member whose death is work‑related are eligible to receive an increased monthly continuance amount.