This is the second time I have pointed out that the laptop is not coming with him. I still don't think he realizes that.
Quite literally, some people "encode" their work stuff as "their stuff" without the "work" being in there. He's probably old enough (fifty or older?) that he never thought much about changing jobs and getting different "work stuff". And he always had "work stuff" that he could take home to work on if he needed to.....
The unthinkable has happened, he is being let go, and he doesn't want to think about the "stuff" (like the laptop) being part of what he is not going to be taking with him.
He may need a smart phone or tablet with a data package that works anywhere or he may need a cheaper tablet, netbook, or laptop to take with him to wifi access points - does he have internet access at home at all?