After I set up my server in my local LAN, which is set to Survival and Normal, all my inventory was gone upon death. I don't mind annoyances of dying, but I am bothered that everything in my inventory is gone. If you have admin rights to your server, you can change that.

Open the server console - either on the machine itself or in-game - and type

gamerule keepInventory true

Has immediate effect. No need to restart the server. Much happier with this.

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