Death - Spouse / Dependent

When a member’s spouse or civil union partner dies, the member has a qualifying change in status which allows them to add eligible dependents who had insurance coverage under the decedent (would not include stepchildren or the civil union partner’s children unless the member adopted them or was granted legal guardianship of them) and/or opt back into group insurance coverage if they had previously opted out.

When a member’s spouse/civil union partner or dependent dies, the member may increase or decrease Member Optional Life coverage. The member must notify their agency in writing within 60 days of the death. Dependents of the deceased spouse/civil union partner may be eligible for survivor benefits. 

Bereavement (Time-Off)

  • Coordinate time off with department
  • Policy



  • Tax Exemptions
  • SURS Pension (update Beneficiary information)
  • Life Insurance (update Beneficiary information)
    • If covered submit claim to Minnesota Life
      • 1-815-753-6000 (HR Benefits Office will contact Minnesota Life on your behalf)
        • Supply a copy of the Death Certificate or Obituary
  • 403B Provider (update Beneficiary information)
  • 457 Plan Provider (update Beneficiary information)
    • State of Illinois Central Management Services (CMS)
      • 1-800-442-1300 (Deferred Compensation Office)
  • Insurance (remove coverage)
    • 1-815-753-6000 (ask to be connected to the HR Benefits Office)
      • Supply a copy of the Death Certificate or Obituary

Additional Information

  • Question, contact the HRS Service Center 815-753-6000.
  • NOTE: Always keep your contact information up to date.  To change address, name or update emergency contact information complete the Personal Data - Name Address Form

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in the Life Events section is a summary and may not include all conditions, limitations, or exceptions that may be applicable to a particular situation. Every effort has been made to present current information without inaccuracies; however, errors, additions, deletions, and changes in the laws or procedures may occur and could make the information out of date or inaccurate. Therefore, users of this website are advised of their responsibility to contact the HRS Service Center (815-753-6000) directly for specific information relating to benefits and to confirm the accuracy and completeness of the posted information.