NPC Toward Player Relationship Deepening Techniques (Chapter 2.12)
Once you're in the realm of Death, Death can sense your cares, your passions, your hopes, and your dreams. The dead have none of these. In some ways, Death definitely wants you killed. In other ways, Death doesn't want to kill you, for he longs to possess the kinds of feelings and life force you carry.
You'll battle his henchmen, but he (Death) never quite kills you. (You'll kill many henchmen, though.) Death's goal is to wound you and thus immobilize you, so he can keep you here and "feed" off your emotions.