Our story started in April 1888 when, at the request of the Genevan clergy, an agreement creating a funeral directors firm was signed.
In association with Messrs Michel Fertet and François Duparc, who were both valets, Anselme Murith, a sexton at St Joseph’s church at the time, took the helm of the business, which was established as a company on 28 April 1888. He was joined in 1913 by his sons Paul and Auguste. On 14 September 1898, Anselme was called upon to carry out the daunting task of organising the funeral procession of Her Majesty the Empress of Austria.
In 1919, Paul Murith founded A. Murith SA, a specialist firm of Funeral Directors. Under his management, the company expanded into the canton of Fribourg with his brother Auguste Murith, and Valais.
From 1960 to 1981, Henri Murith, son of Auguste, led the firm. With his training as a cabinetmaker, a workshop for the manufacture of coffins was set up. Other funeral products tailored to customers’ needs were also manufactured during this period.
Jean Murith, son of Henri, headed the company from 1981 to 2020. He spearheaded the building of the current premises. This enabled the creation of chapels of rest, providing spaces for families to use for remembrance. It also marked the introduction of embalming services to the company, thanks to Jean. The manufacture of coffins started to become unsustainable in terms of costs, so the decision was made, after more than 25 years, to import quality coffins that would meet the requirements of the families we were serving.
Today, Jacques, Philippe and Jean-Marc are at the helm of the company. Three brothers whose mission is to maintain the firm's identity, built over generations, whilst championing modernity in ceremonies and the use of the latest technology. Murith specialises in personalised civil ceremonies and religious ceremonies for all denominations.
With an emphasis on the human touch, we hope to be just one of the links in the chain of support, from healthcare workers to public administration, helping bereaved families.