Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming and each person experiences grief differently, but survivors shouldn’t be confused about what to do next. As part of VA’s Welcome Kit, the Survivors quick start guide starts with a step-by-step checklist for preparing, applying for and following up on available benefits. The guide also helps families identify VA Survivor benefits and services they may be eligible for. “We hope this consolidated information helps clarify the process, streamline final arrangements and helps survivors focus on what should be done to ensure continuation of the Veteran’s earned benefits.” – Ann Duff, Director of VA’s Survivor Assistance Office.

Go to to download and print the Survivors Quick start guide and the VA welcome kit.

Information on burial and memorial benefits can be found at