In a media cycle dominated by negativity and slander comes this heartbreaking story of love, loss, and the kindness of strangers. And it is a tear-jerkier, so consider this your emotional trigger-warning.
When a first-time mother died in childbirth, her husband had to face the challenges of being a new parent alone. That’s sad enough. And this new dad wanted his son to know his mother. He found several files on her computer–recordings of his late wife–but he couldn’t get them open.
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The files, songs she had written and performed on her guitar, were in a format that the father couldn’t open. So he turned to Reddit.
Earlier this summer, 33-year-old Jared Buhanan-Decker of St. George, Utah, experienced a tragic and totally unexpected loss. His wife of 12 years, Sharry Buhanan-Decker, died giving birth to their son J.J.
The boy was successfully delivered by C-section. Doctors believe Sharry died from amniotic fluid embolism. It is a rare condition in which the amniotic fluid enters the mother’s bloodstream. While this isn’t always fatal, it can causes abnormal blood clotting.
“Counting down to it as the happiest days of our life, ended up being the worst,” Buhanan-Decker told CNN.
After coming home with his new son, Buhanan-Decker began sorting through the 12 years of their marriage. In doing so, he found six songs that his late wife had written, performed, and recorded years earlier. And one was a lullaby written for her son.
When he couldn’t open the files, Buhanan-Decker turned to the experts. Reddit.
And the response was instantaneous. “I remember one of the first ones a guy was just like, ‘I’ll have this done within an hour,'” Buhanan-Decker said.
The jewel in the collection, and the one that’s crushing hearts around the world, is the lullaby. “Baby don’t worry about a thing/I’ll be okay, I’ll be all right,” Sharry sings as she strums on her guitar.
“I think that on some level those [songs] definitely resonate and connect with him, hearing his angel mom’s voice,” Buhanan-Decker said.