What happens when I die?

Your pension ends in the event of your predecease. The municipality notifies the Pension Fund immediately on the death of a retiree. Dependants are not required to contact the Pension Fund in this regard. However, in the event of your predecease while living abroad, your dependants are required to notify the Pension Fund of this.

The date of predecease is the commencement date of the partner’s pension or the orphan’s pension. Payment will commence from the first day of the month following the month in which the retiree has died.

Partner's pension

n the event of your predecease as a Shell retiree, your partner or former partner(s) or your children may be entitled to a pension. 

On the pension statement, which you receive each year in July,  you can see if you are eligible for a partner's pension. On this pension statement you can also view the amount of the partner's pension.

Supplementary partner's pension

If your partner has not reached the AOW age as it applies on the retirement date at the time of your predecease, he or she is entitled to a supplementary partner’s pension. The supplementary partner’s pension ends from the first day of the month in which your partner reaches the AOW age as it applies on the retirement date.

If you have been divorced or seperated after your retirement, you can find more information about the partner's pension via the link below.

Orphan's pension

As a general rule:

If you have children at the time of your predecease, they will receive an orphan’s pension until they reach the age of 18 years (Billiton: 21 years). If your children are pursuing their studies at the time of your predecease and you have left Shell employment before 1st January 2006, they are entitled to an orphan’s pension until they reach the age of 27.

If you left Shell employment on 1st January 2006 or later, children pursuing their studies are entitled to an orphan’s pension until the end of the month of August following their 24th birthday.

The above is a general rule. There are exceptions to these situations. Please contact the Pension Fund if you would like to know exactly what your children are entitled to.

Benefit under the General Surviving Dependants Act

Surviving dependants are also eligible for government benefits in some cases: the benefit under the General Surviving Dependants Act (Nabestaandenuitkering, Anw). You can find more information about this on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, or on the website of the Social Insurance Bank (Sociale Verzekeringsbank, SVB).

You can visit these websites via 'useful links'.

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