Death of a Spouse

Death of a Spouse

  • Report the Death of Your Spouse or Other Dependent

  • Return Requested Documents

  • Time Varies
  • Time Varies

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
Fax:  217-378-9800
Mail:  P.O. Box 2710, Champaign, IL  61825-2710

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 Self-Managed 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 Self-Managed 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.