. Lots and lots of ! We are not really supposed to "get over it," I don't think. Death is indeed a part of this life, but it was never meant to be. It's an enemy. It just hurts so much, and it's ... well ... so unnatural. So ... the opposite of life and joy. I believe in a life after this one, one in which we will be reunited with some or all of our special animal friends and will get to enjoy their companionship forever, free from pain, fear, harm, guilt or regret. I'm very much looking forward to spending time (or rather, eternity!) with a couple of amazing horses, several awesome dogs, at least three beautiful parakeets, a couple of charming and funny goldfish and a few delightful cats! I'm sure your little duck will be happy to see you, too, and all will be well. Comfort yourself with that thought, and try not to be too hard on yourself. You did the best you could and meant no harm. If this had happened to a friend of yours, wouldn't you advise him or her to be compassionate with him/herself? You deserve no less. I wish you peace.