Barbara Matejčić



Freelance journalist, editor and researcher, Zagreb

Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow
(March – June 2017)


At the End of Life: How We Age and Die in South-Eastern Europe in the Time of Immortality

Our lifespan is getting longer and the population is getting older. But a longer life does not imply greater quality of life. Our increasing longevity is frequently accompanied by increased periods of disability towards the end of life. The way we die today—in hospital, after a long illness, tortured by various medical treatments in a desperate attempt to prolong life—results in most people stating that they are afraid of dying more than death itself. My project is a non-fiction book focused on different aspects of aging and dying and aims to tell us what it is like to experience or to witness the end of life in early 21st century South-Eastern Europe.