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Death of a parent in a family

The surviving spouse and under-aged children can apply for pension or financial assistance after their family member's death. The child's guardian is usually his or her trustee. The guardian is the child's living parent or some other person who has been asked to be the child’s guardian. 

If your spouse from a marriage or registered partnership dies and you become a widow(er), you will maintain control of your residence and furniture.

Children and young people are offered help, for example by social and health care professionals, for dealing with the loss.

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A child's position when a parent dies

A child who has lost a parent needs a trustee. The child’s guardian usually becomes his or her trustee. If both parents have died, a new guardian is appointed for the child.

Pensions and benefits for a child who has lost a parent

When a parent dies, his or her children aged under 18, and under 21 if they are full-time students, may receive family pensions and compensation.

Pensions and benefits for widow(er)s

A widow(er) may be entitled to family pensions and compensation after his or her spouse dies.

Supporting a child after a parent’s death

Children and young people are offered help, for example by social and health care professionals, for dealing with the loss of a parent.