I think I mentioned her in another post, but I used to have a parakeet named Kacey for 12 happy years. Unfortunately she passed away about a year or so ago, and she is greatly missed. I was quite young at the time we got her though, so she was more of my dad's bird than my own.
Before her, I had a parakeet that I found in the wild, but he died suddenly about 2 or 3 weeks after bringing him home.
I miss both of them, but I also absolutely LOVE my new parakeet Sammy. I think enough time has passed for me to be able and focus on a new bird. He's an absolute sweetheart, and we're working on getting him used to my hand right now (he was from a bin-o-budgies). They can be a lot of work, but it's so rewarding in the end!