You play on switch. IIRC. load distance on undocked switch is only 7 chunks (102 blocks) Meaning unless you are real close to your death spot, timer is not ticking. Drop an item on the ground and hang around - it will poof in 5 min. Drop an item and walk 100+ blocks away. You can then play for hours, come back, and find your item still there.
This forum is mostly for Java MC (on PC). Load distances can much larger here. (Like 24 chunks = 384 blocks radius)