What does Death mean when it says it is haunted by humans in The Book Thief?

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At the end of the story, Death hands Liesel a book and tries to talk to her about beauty and brutality, but because of her life’s experiences Death has nothing to say. Death then confesses to Liesel that humans haunt him. Death’s work involves the collection of souls from the dead and although his work is routine, sometimes he encounters souls that distract him. One of these souls is that of Liesel, who encounters both beauty and brutality in her life. She is separated from her father and later witnesses the death of her brother and separation from her mother. Liesel’s life is not all gloomy when she develops a close friendship with Rudy and Max. Death is interested in Liesel because he meets her several times during her life and it is such occasions that haunt him because at the end of it all he has to do his work.