What are the rules for retirement money being passed down after death?

I was told that I cannot get my husband's retirement money because he unfortunately passed from dementia. Is this accurate?

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September 2017
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First, I am sorry to hear of your loss.  Without knowing more details of your situation, I will ask you a few questions to provide you some guidance and direction. Are you referring to Social Security survivor benefits or pension benefits? Alternatively, are you referring to inherited his IRA or other investments? Again, I not know the specifics of your situation, but just because your husband had dementia or another medical condition would not necessarily preclude you from being eligible to receive an inheritance

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