I don't want to overload him with apostasy, because i know once our family find out he's back in contact with me they'll claim I'm feeding him "apostate driven lies". Slowly slowly.
I agree with your point P E. Slowly is the way to go. Try to avoid leading him........ he is going through a serious adjustment. He will also have to face his family and if he can say he has made this decision on his own he will be on firmer ground. Perhaps he could say that he's taking a break for the next year....he's burn't out etc.
If he doesn't want to be DFed nor DA himself....... fading means he will need to avoid ranting against the JW beliefs and organization.
Having shared that with you allow me to say......holy shit what great news!
Your friendship and understanding will make a huge difference.