Tried for over an hour to play with my friend who's pretty much an expert at this game but the matchmaking is fucked. It would take forever for his sign to appear and every time it did he failed to summon.
Then while I was waiting I got invaded by this dude. We circled each other for a solid 5 minutes and when I went in to attack he parried and killed me in one hit.
Laying your sign down is the way to go I'd you need a risk-less way of learning an area. You work together, learning the path, traps, and enemies' tactics. If you die, you lose nothing, and if you win, you get humanity and souls.
Anyway, after dying 20+ times I finally made it to the bonfire by the boss so I should be good.
Turns out a lot of problems can be solved by bow and a shitload of wooden arrows
That will solve many of the problems with enemies in this game. It won't solve the problem with your cowardice though.
If you are having trouble in a specific area, you should gain a couple of levels and come back to it. From the looks of your stats, I would seriously suggest upgrading your endurance and putting on some heavier armor or a decent shield. You can level all the way up to 65 while going through the area after Senn's Fortess and up to 55 while you're there and still find a million different people to co-op with. It'll take less time than the arrows and you can see the area without the chance of losing any souls. Always throw your white sign down a couple of times in a new area just to get a peak at it and some free souls.
Don't level up resistance. It's basically useless. Pyromancy is good against those snake guys. And watch out for which chests you open. Look at their chains, because that's how you can tell if one is a mimic or not.
Also, these two videos are pretty hilarious(they get really good near the halfway mark):
These converted me to the Gravelord Servant covenant.