My father passed away in November 2018. He was collecting A&A. In December 2018, we applied (filed a LOI and then the doctor's supporting documentation) for my mother to receive the surviving spouse benefit which I understand is about half of what my father was receiving. We received the standard letter that they are reviewing the case and want to help, but when I called to get some more specific information I was told we may not hear until May 2019 or even later. It seems to me that my father's claim went much quicker. Does anyone have experience with these? Would it be retroactive? My mother has a lot of health issues of her own.