Time marchers on, and so must we all, as life makes us all soldiers, shaped by experience. We gotta live life to the fullest, for those who have gone and for those yet to come. Journey's will end, but is is just that. the journey and not the destination, that we must embrace to the fullest.
@demoskinos: If I couldn't even get her to survive regular Smelter, I doubt she would stand a chance against an NG+ or above version. I've cut my losses and am gonna try and get her to survive the Rotten instead, since she only needs to survive 3 of 4 bosses to complete the questline.