As exciting as it can be, there are few things in life more challenging than having a baby for the first time, especially when you’re a single parent. One of the only things that is more difficult is, of course, losing a loved one.
The two happened simultaneously for Jared Buhanan-Decker, whose wife, Sharry, died while giving birth to their son, James. Jared was, understandably, heartbroken and overwhelmed.
However, Jared wasn’t ready to give in to his grief, especially since caring for his newborn son took priority. But little did he know that he’d soon find a newfound sense of peace from an unexpected place!
Sharry and Jared Buhanan-Decker of Utah couldn’t have been more excited to learn that their first baby was on the way. Yet something unexpected—and tragic—would soon happen that would change their plans forever…
Their love story was one for the ages. Jared and Sharry had fallen in love at first sight. They spent every waking moment together, and their engagement came as a surprise to no one. They were married in no time!
Not long after, they decided start a family, and Sharry soon became pregnant with their first child. They couldn’t have been happier with the way that things were progressing, and their future looked bright.
Unfortunately, when the time came to deliver the baby, the couple’s worst nightmare came true. Sharry had an allergic reaction to the amniotic fluid when her water broke; she went into shock, which forced the doctors to perform an emergency C-section.
Jared was horrified. He’d always been scared for the baby, but he didn’t think that his wife’s life was ever in danger. Confirming his worst fears, Sharry had a heart attack in the delivery room after giving birth to baby James. Jared welcomed his new baby—and lost his wife.
In an instant, Jared had become a single dad. As upset as he was, he had no choice but to take care of himself enough so that he could give his son the love and support that he so desperately needed.
Still, whatever happiness Jared had about having a healthy baby boy was tempered by his heartbreak over losing the love of his life and the mother of his child. That’s when he started going through Sharry’s old things.
One night, after putting James to sleep, Jared came upon a treasure trove: old recordings from Sharry. Desperate to hear what they said, he struggled to open the files. Unfortunately, he’d need to buy an expensive music program that he couldn’t afford.
It felt awful to know that his wife’s beautiful voice was locked away in those inaccessible files. Determined to find a solution, Jared turned to Reddit in the hopes that someone could help him convert the files.
As fate would have it, Jared received an overwhelming amount of responses from people who wanted to help. It didn’t take long for him to receive converted versions of the files that he and James could listen to whenever they wanted. It definitely helped pull the man out of his deep despair.
Jared always loved Sharry’s voice, but even he was surprised by how great she sounded in the recordings. He would regularly listen to them whenever he was feeling down, and he let James listen to them, too, before he went to sleep.
Sadly, James won’t be able to grow up with his mother, but at least he, like his father, has something of hers to hold onto for the rest of his life. Watch the video below to hear the “voice of an angel” for yourself!
What a bittersweet, yet hopeful, story of the power of music. Hopefully Jared is able to stay strong, both for himself and for little James!
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