You can't be scared of dying because you will be dying A LOT. It's part of the game and each time you die you will learn how to proceed past where you died. Just remember to pick up your souls after your first death because if you die a second time in a row, you lose all the souls you didn't use up before the first death. Rule is to use all souls as much and as soon as you can I've learned. Play Royal class, basically a mage and attacking from a distance definitely helps.