Bereavement allowance (smartegeld)
A bereavement allowance is a one-off benefit that surviving family members receive when a retired participant passes away. When you pass away after the retirement age, your husband/wife will receive a bereavement allowance to the amount of three times your monthly pension benefit. This one-off benefit is mainly meant for covering the costs of the funeral.
If you did not have/no longer had a partner, but you had unmarried children until the age of 18, they will receive the bereavement allowance. If you did not have any children until the age of 18, the benefit goes to possible other children or to parents or brothers and sisters for whom you were provider.