Yes, without any break in membership and provided contributions are paid. It is important to inform the Scheme if one chooses not to continue. Such members are referred to as continuation members and one of the dependents (usually the surviving spouse) will become the principal member. In the instance that the deceased member belonged to a restricted medical scheme, such as SAMWUMED, no additional dependents will be allowed on the medical scheme as the link between the scheme and the person who met the eligibility criteria has been broken. For example, if the principal member dies and his wife becomes the main member she cannot add her new husband as a dependant and they will have to join an open medical scheme.