Fatality and survivor benefits


To lose a loved one through a work place accident/illness is tragic. It can be a difficult time for you and you may have many questions about your and your family's future. We are here to help and support you.

If you lost your spouse/partner, we will cover partial expenses for burial, cremation and memorial services.

If your spouse/partner died while he or she was receiving benefits from us, please let us know. We may be able to offer further benefits if his or her death is related to the condition for which he or she was receiving benefits. If his or her death is not related then we will need to end benefits on the last day of the month in which he or she died. The exception to this is if your spouse/partner was receiving temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. In this case these benefits would stop on the same day of his or her death.


A survivor is the dependent spouse, common-law partner or child of a worker who has died.

This will be a very difficult time for you and it is important you have someone you can talk to. Your case manager will be there to support you and help you understand the benefits you may be eligible for (e.g. grief counselling, employment services, pension).

Dependent children living with you may also be eligible for benefits. See our fact sheet in the resources section for further information.

Grief counselling

If you are a spouse or common-law partner you may need help coping with your grief. We will refer you to a licensed psychologist and pay for the cost. This service can be available immediately and into the future. Grief counselling is also available to your immediate family members for a 24-month period following the date of your loved one's passing.


  • Alberta’s Heroes’ Fund for First Responders
    Learn how the Government of Alberta’s Heroes Fund recognizes the noble service of first responders who pass as a result of workplace injuries.
  • Survivor benefits fact sheet
    Learn more about how WCB can help families with the costs related to a work-related fatality, and who is eligible for assistance.
  • Threads of Life
    This Canadian registered charity supports families after workplace fatalities, life-altering injuries or occupational diseases. Learn more about support groups and programs to help grieve, cope and communicate after tragedy or loss.
  • Workplace fatalities fact sheet for employers
    Funeral costs, grief counselling, and other resources available to employers following a workplace fatality.