Grief & Healing | Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc

Advocacy Program

Family Advocacy Program




Joan Rutt has been assisting families since 1999. She works professionally and with an open heart to help those who have lost a loved one and are in search of answers.  Listed below are just a few of the many topics which she assists families.  Every family we serve receives a call or visit from Joan Rutt.  Many of the families we have served have nothing but a 5 STAR rating for Joan and her support.  Please be aware that there is no additional charge for her service. 

Joan assists families in:

Joan assists families in:

  • Applying for survivor benefits with the Social Security Administration: i.e. death, spousal and dependent child benefits
  • Applying for military pension/benefits including contacting the U.S. Veterans
  • Administration for applicable benefits and providing appropriate forms to initiate claims
  • Notifying employers, pension plans, credit unions and all things related to the deceased's
  • Employment issues
  • Filing insurance claims/transferring stock ownership associated with the demutualization process
  • Notifying creditors including credit card companies
  • Notifying the car insurance company
  • Retrieving unclaimed properties from U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Transferring vehicle titles

Medical Issues

Medical Issues

  • Notifying Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • Notifying Pennsylvania Prescription Assistance or PACE, PACENET, or PACE Plus
  • Medicare agency
  • Reviewing outstanding medical bills and payment of same
  • Contacting supplemental medical insurers, long-term care insurance programs, and procuring refunds on premium as applicable
  • Calling home health care services, including adult day care providers
  • Connecting families with public and private grief and loss services
  • Advising families for future medical care
  • Returning handicapped parking tags to the state of Pennsylvania
  • Notifying Pennsylvania food stamps provider
  • Contacting American Association of Retired Persons and American Automobile Association

& More...

& More...

  • Financial institution(s) regarding checking and savings accounts,
  • Individual Retirement Accounts, Certificates of Deposit, stocks and bonds
  • Finding an attorney-at-law regarding necessary steps related to the estate
  • Identifying an accountant/tax advisor