I don't know as much about CP, but know enough about MS for this lifetime. As for the death of two so close together, it is not uncommon.
I had one of those 'bell' moments, when I read two words 'mental BODY' and it sort of clicked.
The aesthetic experience, moving, when one is burdened, is very remarkable.
If you type under 'Search,' you can find a post of mine, quoting Thomas Wolfe, under Dyfrig's 'What I Mean is This...' 9/30/09. I don't know if it's too far out there for what you are looking for.
The other post of mine re: eclipse, which may factor in here, can be found under 'Search' and crabman as key word. When I read it, so much comes washing in.
I read the Obituaries too.