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Kela's benefits for survivors

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When a spouse or a child’s legal guardian dies, Kela can support the survivor financially with surviving spouse’s pension or orphan’s pension.

Kela’s benefits for those who have lost a family member are:

  • spouse’s pension
  • orphan’s pension

Kela offers support in various other situations as well. For more information, please see

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The benefits provided by Kela are usually available on application only. You can also authorise another person to handle your matters for you. However, reimbursements of medical, pharmaceutical and travel expenses are available as direct on-the-spot reimbursements, with no application required.

You can apply for most benefits online using Kela’s OmaKela e-service. In OmaKela, you can also submit documents supporting your application and report changes, as well as check the status of your application and the payment dates for your benefits.

If you need help, call Kela’s customer service number or visit a Kela service point.

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Text edited by: Kela
Updated: 19/5/2023