Is it permissible for a husband to touch the body of his clothed, deceased wife or with a kaftan on the body as a barrier between his hands and the body?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from South Africa, in:
Religious Authority: 
Mufti Muhammad Ashraf
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Is it permissible for a husband to touch the body of his clothed, deceased wife or with a kaftan on the body as a barrier between his hands and the body?

It is permissible for the husband to touch his deceased wife with an intervening cloth e.g. if she has clothes on her body.