If an AOW pensioner dies

If someone who has been receiving an AOW pension dies, their AOW pension and  AOW top-up will end on the day of death. We will stop the payments as soon as we can.

If you want to know what to do now, or where to find the deceased's annual AOW pension statement, choose from the following situations or topics.

The holiday allowance that was built up each month from May until the date of death will be paid into the deceased's bank account. 

If AOW pension and the AOW top-up have already been paid for the full month, we may have paid too much. We will deduct the overpaid amount from the holiday allowance. If the overpaid amount is more than the holiday allowance, the rest will have to be repaid by the family of the deceased.

Our letter about the deceased's AOW pension and the annual AOW pension statement

We will send our letter about the deceased's AOW pension to the last address we have for the deceased. This letter will include the deceased's annual AOW pension statement. It is important to keep the annual statement. Annual statements cannot be sent digitally. It is also no longer possible to log in to the deceased's My SVB account to view their details.

The surviving partner will get a death grant and the holiday allowance owed to the deceased. The holiday allowance was built up each month from May until the date of death. 

If AOW pension and the AOW top-up have already been paid for the full month, we may have paid too much. We will deduct the overpaid amount from the holiday allowance and the death grant. 

If the surviving partner also receives an AOW pension 

If you are the partner of the deceased and you also receive an AOW pension, the amount of your pension will go up as from the month of the death. This is because you are now entitled to an AOW pension at the rate for a person living alone. 

If the surviving partner has not yet reached their AOW pension age 

If you are the partner of the deceased and you have not yet reached your AOW pension age, you can qualify for an Anw survivor benefit if: 

  • you look after a child under 18, or 
  • you are more than 45% incapacitated for work 

Our letter about the deceased's AOW pension and the annual AOW pension statement 

We will send you a letter about the deceased's AOW pension. This letter will include their annual AOW pension statement. It is important to keep the annual statement. Annual statements cannot be sent digitally. It is also no longer possible to log in to the deceased's My SVB account to view their details. 

Death grant 

If you are the partner of the deceased, a death grant is paid to you automatically. You do not have to do anything. 

If there is no surviving partner, the death grant can be paid to a child under 18. If there are no children, the death grant can be paid to the person who shared a household with the deceased. 

If you think you qualify for the death grant but you have not received it, please contact us. Requests for a death grant must be made within 1 year after the date of death.

Reporting a death

If the deceased lived in the Netherlands, you must inform the municipal authorities of the death. They will then inform us. 

If the deceased lived outside the Netherlands, you can report the death directly to us.

Your Europe - This page belongs to an advice network of the European Union
Your Europe - This page belongs to an advice network of the European Union

Last check: 1 May 2021