Jared and Sharry Buhanan-Decker weren’t only husband and wife, they were best friends. So imagine Jared’s heartbreak when Sharry unexpectedly passed away while giving birth to their first child, JJ, after an emergency C-section. “I was supposed to be the happiest day of my life,” said the devastated new father. But, despite the great tragedy of his beloved wife’s passing, Jared found comfort in the most unlikely place… Reddit!
After returning home with baby JJ, Jared found files on his computer containing recordings of Sharry singing. Sharry had a great love of music, and the amateur singer-songwriter had recorded some new songs that Jared was eager to hear; the only trouble was, Jared wasn’t sure how to access the files. “I saw these songs that were in a file that I didn’t have the program or the skills to convert and so I turned to Reddit.”
Jared posted on the site asking if anyone could lend a hand: “Odd request for help. My wife recently died during childbirth and I need help with some of her recordings…I just want to be able to hear her voice again. Thank you.”
#2 “They’re like lullabies to me and JJ,” said Jared of his late wife’s songs.
He was quickly overwhelmed by responses! “I was looking for one or two people to help,” said Jared, “but dozens responded very quickly and hundreds sent me messages on the post or through inbox.” Some users even worked to improve the quality of Sharry’s recordings so that Jared and JJ could better enjoy her music.