This advice is really dependent on what type of game you're playing.
I hate my characters dying. Hate it. I put a lot of investment into my characters, from history to personality to who their families are. I really don't like seeing them die and have no desire to ply in a game where permanent death is common. I've lost characters and this attitude has never changed even a little bit.
ME to i hate when my PC dies, but that why i make sure they are optimized (not minmax) in doing their thing,the guy that hit things with a big stick hits things like he's be best one that ever hit things with a stick, the stealther makes sure he is never notice.
because i believe if i do my job right, that greatly decrease the chance of me/the groups' death.
by cowarding and not doing anything actually increases the chance your own death in an advanterering world.
THAT IS WHY YOU NEED TO KILL THAT GUY AND MAKE HIM LEARN THE HARD COOL TRUTH! ITS CALLED ADVENTURING, NOT TAKING A WALK IN A PARK.
ITS A DANGEROUS WORLD OUR THERE AND EVERYONE SHOULD PULL THEIR OWN WEIGHT.