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Retirement > Probate > Retiree > Change of Payment Option or Survivor Benefits

25. If my wife and I both receive a pension and one of us dies, will the survivor continue to receive their pension and also be entitled to receive a continuing benefit based on the decedent’s benefit?

A surviving spouse will be entitled to a continuing benefit assuming you, as the retired member, have chosen a payment option allowing for such continuing benefits and your surviving spouse is otherwise qualified to receive such a benefit. If a surviving spouse qualifies for continuing benefits based upon their deceased spouse’s benefits and is receiving a pension based upon their own service as a retirement plan member, they will be entitled to receive both benefits.