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Thank you for the question. Firstly, I am sorry for your loss. It would be difficult to say why this has happened but this may not be correct, I am not sure why your pension would stop upon your partner's death. However it may depend on the type of pension. Some pensions do not have legacy payments, meaning that once the pension owner becomes deceased the payments terminate. Even if this is correct, clearly you are now in a different financial position, however there may both additional help available for you in the case.
The best thing you can do is enlist the help of the Citizens Advice Bureau. They have appointed benefits advisers who are experts in this matter. If you go to them with all your documents then they will be able to assess the situation for you. The Citizens Advice also have programme called QBC this will allow them to input all of your information and do an assessment on your individual situation without having to contact the DWP. This QBC system will also be able to highlight and identify any benefits you may be entitled to but are not qualifying at the moment. If you application is rejected then the CAB can help you with any mandatory reconsideration as well as potentially provide you with representation at a benefits tribunal should this become necessary.
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