My last violet grew to a beautiful plant then got caught by an open window on an unexpectedly cold night and was dead in a day. Orchids take much longer to die. I have been mostly lucky in my orchid growing experience but the number of losses are mounting. But that is all part of learning what a type of orchid needs to survive and thrive. As much as I love each orchid I own, losing them is just a learning opportunity. Maybe I learn that this particular (Masdevallia) type doesn't live with the local environment well. So I find another type to grow that is better suited.
I have been growing orchids for 26 months and I have just now gotten phalaenopsis growing down. Many of us have rescued phals from going to the dumpster buying mark downs at big box stores. Perhaps an inexpensive way to be able to experiment that may help keep the emotional attachment manageable.