How does the death of your spouse affect your mortgage? When your spouse dies, if you are also listed on the mortgage, you are still the borrower and continue to own the home. Your spouse's death should not affect your mortgage if you are listed as a borrower or held title jointly. If you want to change the mortgage to be in your name only, you can refinance your mortgage. In the case of the death of your spouse, as long as you continue to make the mortgage payments, your mortgage should not be affected.