Jared never thought he would get to hear his wife’s voice again. But strangers kindly helped him at a time he needed it the most.

Sharry Buhanan-Decker died giving birth to her first child on June 16, at 29 years old.

A passionate amateur singer and songwriter, Sharry had recorded songs just for her son — but when her husband, Jared, found them on the computer in a file format he couldn’t access, he thought they might be lost forever.

So he turned to the online community of Reddit for help. “I just want to be able to hear her voice again,” he wrote.


One of her original songs, titled titled “Baby Don’t Worry,” was written a couple weeks before JJ entered the world. “She always dreamed of being in a band, but had anxiety about performing,” Buhannan-Decker, 33, told TODAY.

Within minutes of posting his plea for help, the now-single dad started hearing from hundreds of Reddit users who were happy to assist him. Now JJ gets to fall asleep to his mom’s beautiful voice every night.

“I was blown away by the kindness of complete strangers,” Buhannan-Decker said. “I obviously wish I didn’t need it, but tragedies can really bring out the love and compassion in everyone.”

He and JJ now have a nightly date with his wife’s music at their home in Salt Lake City and as soon as one of her songs comes on, JJ lights up.

“JJ is my anchor and my salvation in my life right now,” Buhannan-Decker said. “He is exhausting, demanding and stressful, but he is my best friend, my everything. He is a literal piece of my lost soulmate and I love him more than I thought possible.”

“My life of bliss and happiness was ripped away in an extreme tragedy, but Sharry did not leave JJ and me empty handed,” Buhannan-Decker said. “She left us memories, her love, her writings, her songs, and her bucket list that serves as a road map for our future.”

Our hearts go out to Jared and little JJ. What a kind gesture by so many total strangers.

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  • Beautiful! Hoping it brings a little comfort to both JJ and his dad x


  • I’m so glad that somebody could help the heartbroken Dad access his memory of his wife in the past and Mother of their son. Hopefully it helps with the grieving process. He is probably finding it difficult coping with newborn and his needs too. I hope he is getting plenty of support coping with a new baby and for himself personally. The initial grieving process can be a year or more.


  • Glad to hear people helped to make this happen.
    I can imagine that hearing her voice is of great comfort


  • Most people will help if given the chance. So pleased these people got the last songs of his wife for him and his child.


  • People can be very generous, and want to help.


  • Don’t worry about a thing, it’s almost like this wife and mother is speaking to them from up above, beautiful!


  • Very nice to have her voice recorded. And very sweet to get that sense


  • It is wonderful strangers give him something so precious!


  • So nice to have her voice recorded.


  • Such sweet kindhearted strangers to help him out like that.


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