How heroes become and stay a living legend. Instead of falling in an epic battle, try surviving. Consider sitting on a chair, infront of a warm fireplace, ontop of which the decapitated head of a troll or a dragon. And on that chair – your character. Still alive and most likely source material for many bards’ songs and stories. To avoid losing your characters due to silly decisions and actions, Keith Ammann has written a book, just for that reason. The book will help each player understand better how to leave a battle with all or most limbs still attached. Same should apply to most of your co-adventurers.
If your players seem to lose players like spare change on a couch – consider gifting them this 240-page book so they can do better and remain a living legend.