Can you collect survivors benefits from Social Security if you are under 60 years old?

Yes, under certain circumstances. A widow or widower who is disabled may collect survivors' benefits as early as age 50; however, the widow(er) must be at least 60 years old to collect survivors' retirement benefits. If the widow(er) has not yet reached full retirement age (65 for people born before 1943; 66 for people born between 1943 and 1954), the benefit will be reduced.

A spouse or divorced spouse of any age may collect survivors' benefits if caring for the deceased person's minor children who are under age 16.

Ex-spouses are also eligible for survivors' benefits, using the guidelines above, if the marriage lasted at least ten years.