The funeral grant will be discontinued as of the beginning of 2021 due to the reform of the Seafarer's Pension.
However, until the end of 2020, the funeral grant will be paid to the next of kin of seafarers who have died under the age of 67, provided that the seafarer received MEL pension according to the special accrual percentages or would have been entitled to one.
A funeral grant will be paid to the widow if the seafarer was married at the time of their death. In other cases, the funeral grant is paid to the estate of the seafarer, provided that a child, grandchild, foster or adopted child, or one or the parents of the deceased is a shareholder of the estate.
The amount of the funeral grant is determined by the age of the seafarer at the time of their death. The funeral grant is a tax-free single payment.
|Age of the seafarer at the time of their death ||Funeral grant (2019)|
|under 51||EUR 14,439|
|56–60|| EUR 7,222|
|61–66|| EUR 3,610|
We will decide on a funeral grant alongside the survivors' pension decision without a separate application.
If you are only applying for a funeral grant, please send a free-form application.