OLD people's attitude towards death may be far more open than expected, according to a survey by the City University. Alice Chong Ming-lin, Assistant Professor in Applied Social Studies, interviewed nine old people at a home in Kwun Tong. 'They would like to talk to their children about their plans on funerals and distribution of assets. But children are cautious, thinking this is possibly taboo,' she said. All nine said they did not fear death. They only worried about pain and a long dying process. 'They didn't want to be a burden of their families. That's what they fear the most,' Dr Chong said. Dr Chong said the survey might be too small to make definite conclusions, but provided some indicators. She plans a larger study in the near future.