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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