"Sometime in the painful days after a husband or wife's death, the funeral home or a family member will encourage the bereaved spouse to fill out the paperwork to get the Canada Pension Plan survivor's benefit.
It's a moment few widows or widowers have prepared for, and it may come as a surprise how little survivors are expected to live on.
A senior couple who both get CPP benefits and Old Age Security (OAS) can live comfortably — they'll have about $3,500 a month in income if they're both getting the maximum benefits.
But what happens when one spouse dies and the other is left alone? That's where it gets tricky, says John Krasevec, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Burlington, Ont"
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