If a miscellaneous member dies while retired, SFERS will pay a continuation allowance to a qualified survivor equal to 50% of the monthly service retirement benefit the retired member was receiving at the time of his/her death, or the monthly service retirement benefit the member would have received had he/she been retired on the date of death.
A Qualified Survivor is:
- Eligible spouse; or
- Eligible domestic partner; or
- Unmarried child under age 18
A continuation allowance is payable to a qualified survivor only for the period that the survivor remains qualified (e.g., an unmarried child until age 18 or marriage, or a spouse until remarriage).
SFERS will also pay a lump sum death benefit to your designated beneficiary equal to $100 for each year of service credit up to a maximum of $3,000.
A Beneficiary is:
Someone named by the member to receive a lump sum death benefit. A beneficiary may be a person or persons, a trust, or an estate. If a member does not have a qualified survivor and does not designate a beneficiary, a lump sum death benefit will be paid to the member’s estate.
Select the appropriate link for additional details about Death Benefits: Old Plan Member or New Plan Member.