Death of a Spouse
Death of a Spouse
If you are a benefit recipient, you must notify SURS when your spouse or insurance dependent passes away. SURS prefers to receive a report of death by phone in order to gather all necessary information; however, SURS will also accept reports of death by mail or fax.
Dial Toll Free: 800-275-7877
Dial Direct: 217-378-8800
Mail: 1901 Fox Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
Death and Survivor Benefit Assistance - This video is for Traditional and Portable plan members
The following information is needed when the death is reported:
- The date of death
- If you are actively employed, you will need to report the death to your employer.
If you are in the Traditional or Portable Plan, SURS will send you a SURS Beneficiary Designation form. If assistance is needed with this form, contact a SURS Benefits Counselor toll free at 800-275-7877 or dial direct at 217-378-8800. SURS may also request a copy of the death certificate. If you are an annuitant under the Retirement Savings Plan, you must contact the providers to update your beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries - We encourage you to keep your SURS Beneficiary Designation Form current. This form is used to designate who you would like to receive your SURS death benefit and will help SURS locate your survivors and/or beneficiaries. You may contact SURS for a copy of this form or access it directly on the SURS Member website by visiting www.surs.org and clicking on Member Login.
If you are an annuitant under the Retirement Savings Plan, you must contact the providers to update your beneficiaries.
Reversionary Election - At retirement, if you elected to provide your dependent with a Reversionary Benefit under Option 2, and that dependent predeceases you, your benefit will be adjusted to remove the reduction for the reversionary election.