All of my players know that I have these “safeguards” in place. They know that even if they die in the game they will still be able to play. However, they also know that there is no guarantee that they will be able to get their character back. It helps to remove some tension because no one likes to sit around and watch their friends play but not all of it, because there is some investment in the poor lifeless character.
So what about you, how do you deal with player deaths in game?
Do you have pregen PCs that you loan out to dead players?
Have you ever had a player like his replacement more and not want to reanimate his original fallen PC?